For much of her adult life Vladimira Klumpar, a Czech born sculptor, has been a citizen of the world, living between homes in the United States, Mexico, Portugal and the Czech Republic. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been widely exhibited in Europe and the Americas and is represented in public and private collections on both continents.
Her sculptures move between an architectonic exploration of form and a more organic, sensual vocabulary. True to the lessons of her teacher, Stanislav Libensky, she makes full use of the malleable properties of glass – optical geometry, color/light density and a measured translucence, which allows us to enter a piece. In her most successful work, we strain to resolve the perceptual distortion of simultaneously viewing the intricately textured surfaces while our eye travels through the mass of the visible interior to reach the opposite plane. Art critic William Ganis said that ‘Klumpar’s new vocabulary and technical confidence writes a narrative … of evolving visual revelations, occlusions and comparisons – a satisfying dialogue of mystical optics and mass.’