Ranging from sleekly modernist to forms as powerful and craggy as the artist himself, Aleš Vašíček’s sculptures are kiln cast. The forms are often geometric with polished surfaces, sometimes they appear as fragments of larger objects that have fractured or eroded as powerful natural forces have worked upon them. Floating within these geometric spaces are amorphous, organic shapes that are actually voids that the artist creates. Acutely aware of the opportunities that glass provides for an artist to work both on the exterior and the interior of a sculpture, Vašíček imbues his work with a rich variety of shapes and textures. While his castings are monochromatic, the varying mass of a piece can create a surprising range of shadings. When viewed from different angles a sculpture may appear light and transparent, or dense and nearly opaque.
Vašíček began his glass studies more than 40 years ago at the Specialized School for Glassmaking in Železný Brod in 1962. He completed them in 1972 when he graduated from the prestigious Academy of Applied Arts in Prague where he studied with the renowned Professor Stanislav Libenský.
The artist’s work is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic; Musee du Verre, Sars-Poteries, France; Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany; Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan; the Corning Museum of Glass, New York and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland among others.
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