Dylan Martinez – Water Bags

£1,650.00£4,950.00

Hyper-realistic hand-blown water bag glass sculptures by American sculptor Dylan Martinez from his illusory series of work titled “H2O/SiO2”. Each sculpture is both hollow and solid, and is individually hand-sculpted from a crystal-clear glass. Signed and comes with COA. Please note the product images are only for general reference, as each sculpture is different from one to another due to the unique nature of these pieces. Sold individually or as a set of 3. Available in the following sizes:

Small: 25 – 29.9 cm (10″ – 11.9″) high
Regular: 30 – 34.9 cm (12″ – 13.9″) high
Large: 35 – 43 cm (14″ – 17″) high
They all range from 17.5 – 20 cm (7″ – 8”) width by 12.5 – 15 cm (5″ – 6”) depth

Artist Dylan Martinez combines several glassblowing and sculpting techniques to form these hyper-realistic plastic bags from molten glass. Through these works, Martinez creates scenarios that obscure the viewer’s interpretation of reality and illusion. Driven by a deep curiosity in perception, Martinez creates these unique sculptures that convince the eye that the sculptures are just as they appear, plastic bags filled with water. Dylan’s art often examines the boundaries of human perception. His work challenges the viewer’s expectations through the manipulation of light, space, and the optical properties of glass. While influenced by traditional techniques in glassmaking, he constantly strives to discover novel approaches to exploit the material and create a lens to view the world afresh.

Through Dylan’s artwork, the artist creates scenarios in which the viewer must question their capacity to navigate between reality and illusion. His curiosity of perception is driven by the fact that he is red-green colourblind. Having a deficit in his colour vision is an alternative way of seeing things. Inspired by Trompe L’oeil (an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion), these pieces are made entirely out of hot glass while it is between 650-1150 degrees, which is then appearing as plastic bags of water. The trapped movement of the rising bubbles and the gesture of the forms convince the eye that the sculptures are just as they seem. What is fascinating is that our desires often override our true perception of reality and you believe what you think is visible as the truth.

Dylan Martinez holds an MFA in Glass from Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (River Falls, WI). Recent exhibitions include “Autumnal Group Exhibition” at Lyons Weir Gallery, New York, NY (2018); “Winter 18/19 Group Show” at Galerie Palü, Pontresina, Switzerland (2018); “Competition -35” at Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy (2018); “101 Bowls” at Osher Gallery, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN (2018); among many others. Martinez is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Enrico Bersellini Award, Miano Vetro -35, Milan, Italy (2018); Stanislav Libensky Award, Prague, Czech Republic (2017); among others. His work has been included in several notable publications including Interior Design Magazine (2019) Room Diseño (2019) American Craft Magazine (2017) and Aesthetica Magazine (2017).

Please enquire about the stock availability – if not in stock, lead time for production is 2 – 4 weeks

*Price does not include customs clearance/duty tax. This is the responsibility of the recipient once the order clears customs in your country.

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If the products are in stock, we normally dispatch the order within 3 working days from receiving clear payment.

Standard UK Delivery takes 3 – 5 working days to arrive at the destination delivery address.

We offer a flat rate depending on the value and the volume of the order as per below:

Small Package: £20.00 incl VAT
Medium Package: £45.00 incl VAT
Large Package: £95.00 incl VAT

The above prices include Professional Packing services and Full Insurance.

Please ensure to contact us prior to placing your order to check the stock availability.

If the products are in stock, we normally dispatch the order within 3 – 5 working days from receiving clear payment.

We offer a flat rate depending on the value and the volume of the order as per below:

Small Package: £45.00 – £60.00 incl VAT
Medium Package: £95.00 incl VAT
Large Package: £140.00 incl VAT

The above prices include Professional Packing services and Full Insurance. Prices do not include customs clearance/duty tax. This is the responsibility of the recipient once the order clears customs in your country.

Please ensure to contact us prior to placing your order to check the stock availability.

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