Dimensions: 110cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 30cm (D) / 43.3" (H) x 19.7" (W) x 11.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
All that has aroused amazement and wonder over time has created a desire for possession in man.
First of all Nature, so indispensable for our life, has provoked in man a curiosity so passionate and blind, to be transformed into an ambition to discover and tame all that surrounds us.
The control that man has expressed through the collection is much more than love for knowledge. We do not just admire the beauty of nature, we want to own it. Under the guise of love for study and research, entire museums of natural history have been created, where instead of life, death is celebrated.
"It is inevitable: the desire to possess the beauty of nature clashes with the need to stop it and therefore kill it: in the very moment in which it is possessed, it is lost."
Art can be an alternative to this contradiction. With glass, I can celebrate beauty and life, study its details and majesty, without disfiguring beauty and interrupting the flow. The trophy is no longer an act of death but of creation.
As in a modern cabinet de curiosités, I exhibit my collection of animal artworks, and the act of realization exalts conquest and knowledge. The moment is immortalized and beauty no longer has to struggle against the passage of time.
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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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