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Marian Karel

Marian Karel Glass sculptor
Contact
Czech, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+420 604998888
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Space, glass and light

  • • Marian uses a minimalistic language of expression
  • • He loves to capture light through his pieces
  • • He has created installations for important spaces

Marian Karel pioneered a new concept of prismic glass sculptures at the beginning of the 1970s. His almost exclusive theme became objects smoothly cut out of massive blocks of lead glass, to which he gives simple geometrical shapes of cubes, cylinders, pyramids or polyhedrons. The aim of these objects is to make artistic use of light when combined with glass, especially reflections and deflections of light rays in the interior of glass prisms. Marian has an inborn sense of the monumental and works with space – be it in historical spaces such as Palazzo Ducale or Accademia Bridge, or contemporary buildings such as MoMA. He is able to alter commonplace perspectives and oppose the rules of gravity. Flat sheet glass is combined with contrasting metal surfaces, granite or water surfaces.

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Works

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Photo: ©Gabriel Urbánek
Green and brown glass sculpture

This green and brown glass sculpture is characteristic of Marian Karel’s desire to express a three-dimensional space with a flat form. He does not work with it in the glassworks, but rather prefers a sculptural approach. He sees glass as the only material that has a fourth dimension. In fact, it’s three-dimensional, however because of its optical qualities it creates a kind of illusion.

Marian Karel Glass sculptor
Photo: ©Gabriel Urbánek
Red glass sculpture

This red toned sculpture was shaped from a block of glass. For Marian Karel glass is a medium. He does not work with it in the glassworks, but rather prefers a sculptural approach. He sees glass as the only materialthat has the fourth dimension.

Marian Karel Glass sculptor
Photo: ©Gabriel Urbánek
Pyramid sculpture

This dark pyramid sculpture was formed from a block of glass. For Marian Karel glass is a medium. He does not work with it in the glassworks, but rather prefers a sculptural approach. He sees glass as the only material that has a fourth dimension.

Marian Karel Glass sculptor
Photo: ©Arthouse Hejtmánek
Green glass sculpture

This green toned sculpture was formed from a block of glass. For Marian Karel glass is a medium. He does not work with it in the glassworks, but rather prefers a sculptural approach. He sees glass as the only material that has a fourth dimension. In fact, it’s three-dimensional, however because of its optical qualities it creates a kind of illusion.

Marian Karel Glass sculptor
Photo: ©Gabriel Urbánek
Mobilni Kuzel

For Marian Karel glass is a medium. He does not work with it in the glassworks, but rather prefers a sculptural approach. He sees glass as the only material unlike wood, bronze or marble, that has the fourth dimension. In fact, it’s three-dimensional, however because of its optical qualities it creates a kind of illusion.

Marian Karel Glass sculptor

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