Dimensions: 20cm (H) x 80cm (W) x 17cm (D) / 7.9" (H) x 31.5" (W) x 6.7" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
What remains after you pull a fish out of the water?
Solid bases, branches that grow and seek the light: the first projects were still only inside my head and already had the form of a bonsai.
Before this, it could have been a surgeonfish, a turbot, or a tuna.
In the end, only the structure remains.
Our everyday life conceals some elements that are essential, necessary, which become apparent only when it is too late.
"However, not all is lost. Water has another chance to touch these fish, filling them with a last jolt of life."
With glass I enhance these supporting structures with a decorative take, so that they are not only honored in natural science museums but so that the beauty of these hidden souls can be admired up close, from alternative points of view.
Once again glass allows me to express the strong contradictions that nature conveys to me: the precariousness of life and the energy of survival, the apparent fragility of transparency, and the solidity of form.
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Based in: Vicenza
Born in 1984 in Marostica, in the region of Venice, he started working glass at the age of 15 at the Massimo’s Lunardon glass factory. After an apprenticeship that lasted ten years, he opened his own studio, where he continues to work, dedicated to research and innovation. An introspective and self-taught artist, over the years he put together all the lessons learned and the experience gained and finally broke away from the traditional glass of Murano. In fact, he works borosilicate glass with a special technique of flameworking that he called Hollow Sculpture, the technique for which Crestani is appreciated worldwide.
This particular way to work allowed him to create large-scale objects in glass where also the details are curated. Inspired by the never-ending variety of the natural world, the shapes of animals and plants magically come to life, even in their tiniest details, in a celebration of lightness and transparency. His creativity combines the quality of the design and craftsmanship to the uniqueness of plastic and artistic production, giving birth to exclusive sculptural pieces.
Simone Crestani’s technique, together with his personal style and sophisticated poetics, allow him to create an interaction, where glass overcomes its purely material dimension and becomes a fine and studied artistic language, a pure, silent, and crystalline conceptual element.
In both the plastic arts and in the world of Italian design, Crestani is regarded as a young luminary with a compelling and diverse body of work. Other than exhibiting in some of the most important initiative related to the glass and art-world, he is also regularly invited as visiting artist and instructor by prestigious art academies and glass schools all over the world.
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