photo: SAIKI Taku
Spirit of Stone
|Material/ Technique||optical glass, stone|
|Copyright Notice||© Vladimir ZBYNOVSKY|
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2002|
|Description||Born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1964. Lives and works in Chantilly, France.|
Since he moved to France in 1993, Vladimir Zbynovsky has been producing sculptures merging together mainly stone and glass. A section of a mass of glass made by casting is cut and polished, arranged with collected stones to make works filled with tension. Both materials are related to the generation of the earth in their origins, and probably they have latent energy of the earth. While creating works, Zbynovsky tries to make both the human beings’ creative acts and nature’s generative process face each other, making the relationship between the two stand out in relief.
A lump of optical glass, which has higher translucency and purity than crystal glass, lies on a stone with the width of approximately 45cm. The stone’s metallic texture that reflects light backed by its significant weight is set against the texture of glass resembling highly transparent liquid. The rugged surface of the stone and the surface of glass with slimy luster: the comparison of the two different materials is dynamic and carries with it a tense atmosphere. What Zbynovsky tries to do is not to draw attention to the distinctive features of glass such as refined beauty and ephemeral quality in comparison to the stone’s roughness, but to expose energy concealed in both materials and suggest even fluidity that existed in the process of generation.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
Works and materials by the same artists are listed according to the date of the work in principle.
Works whose dates are unidentified are listed at the end of each item. Some works are not listed according to the date of work due to their relations.
The data of works and materials are listed in order of title, production year, material/technique/form, dimensions, donor’s name, copyright holder and credit for photograph.
Dimensions are given by height (H) x width (W) in centimeters for plane work, and height (H) x width (W) x depth (D) in cm for 3-D work. Diameter (Ø) is used for circular work.
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