Brien Strancar Dipped and Cut Red Wiggler Glass Sculpture (2013)
A sinuous and arresting abstract red and clear hand-blown glass sculpture, this work embodies one of Brien Strancar's favorite nature-inspired shapes. The majority of the upper part of the sculpture exhibits a smooth, polished finish, with two bands of cut glass girding the lower body of the piece. The sculpture is approximately 10 inches tall and 4 and three-quarters inches by 2 and one-half inches near the base and is signed and dated (2013) by the artist. This piece is accompanied by a Certificate of Provenance attesting to your ownership of an original work of art.
Objects from the Dipped and Cut series focus on the light transmitting and distorting properties of glass. This sculpture uses color and texture, as well as varying thicknesses of glass to enhance the optical properties of the material. Color draws attention to the interior of the objects, defines the shape of the bubble, and provides a background for the effects of the coldworking. The variations in thickness of the glass, primarily achieved through incomplete coverage of the layers of glass, creates sections and boundaries for coldworking along with the natural optical effects of thick, transparent glass. Objects are engraved to create surfaces that enhance the reflective and refractive qualities of the glass. Cuts are arranged to create physically textured areas and to create a visual textures within the layers. The overall forms of the objects are the results of the incomplete layering and the influence of the unique properties of the material; forms flow and bend responding to heat, gravity, and to the individual chemistry of the colors.
Brien Strancar is originally from Canton, Ohio and is a BFA graduate of Bowling Green State University who has been working in glass for over 10 years. His numerous shows and exhibits include a solo exhibit at The Works (Newark, Ohio) as well as many juried and gallery shows in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida.
Brien works out of the Strancar Studios in Toledo, OH.