A symbiotic dialogue began in 1977 between Dale Chihuly’s creative vision and his chosen medium that had a lasting impact on the artist’s métier. One result was Chihuly’s exquisite interpretation of softly slumping and aging Native American fiber baskets in the unlikely static medium of glass—the Basket series. “It was Chihuly’s early experiences with the properties of soft, woven baskets that set him on the path to transforming traditional interpretations of glass as rigid vessels or containers,” states art historian Barbara Rose. Thirty years later, Chihuly, the consummate colorist who is endlessly fascinated by the transmission of light and its reflective characteristics through glass, explores these same properties in his work executed in black.
The 2015 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition Raven Black Baskets is a deliberate departure from Chihuly’s vibrant kaleidoscope of color, yet the simplicity of the palette directs the focus on the composition’s strong sculptural presence. The saffron yellow interior of each of the three Baskets creates a warm inner glow, set against the opaque black exterior. This same golden hue is boldly used for the lip of each piece, eventually trailing off across the surface to continue this colloquy of vibrant color and dramatic contrast.
Handblown and signed by the artist, Raven Black Baskets measures approximately eleven inches in diameter. Included with the artwork are a specially designed Plexiglas vitrine and a companion book, Chihuly Baskets, that provides information detailing the Basket series and includes a DVD.
Chihuly Workshop is pleased to present the Raven Black Baskets—a classic Chihuly form executed in a provocative contemporary color palette.
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Photo by David Emery.