Blue Prism Painting I
42 5/16 x 42 5/16 x 7 3/8 in. (107.5 x 107.5 x 18.8 cm)
Medium and Support:
Blue glass, mirror, oak, plywood
Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Fund, Thelma M. Knapp Fund, Lyman K. and Eleanore B. Stuart Endowment Fund, and funds given in memory of Dorothee Kellner Schwartz
Location: Currently on view
Master glass blower Josiah McElheny explores specific moments in the history of glass and twentieth-century modernism, an era of artistic creativity inspired by optimism for the future. His mirrors and highly reflective surfaces speak to the modern aspirations of the past, and invite viewers into an air-tight world of perfection. Our reflections inside the work encourage us to think about our relationship to modernism and its continued relevance today.
Blue Prism Painting I is the first among McElheny’s series inspired by Ad Reinhardt’s blue paintings. Reinhardt (his Abstract Painting: Red is on view nearby) sought to make “pure” paintings that rejected imagery, emotion, and the world outside their frames. Here McElheny fills the framework of Reinhardt’s blue paintings with clean, curvilinear forms inspired by mid-twentieth-century Swedish glass artist, Vicke Lindstrand.
[Gallery label text, Summer 2015]