Marian Karel is one of the best european master artisans dedicated to glass sculpture. He is a Czech sculptor and university professor that studied at the Central School of Applied Arts in Jablonec nad Nisou in the Czech Republic and subsequently at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague in the Glass Studio of Professor Libenský from 1965 to 1972.
In 1992, he was named head of the Glass in Architecture studio at the University of Applied Arts in Prague and in 1999 was named head of the Department for Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts and Architecture in Prague. Marian uses glass, light and geometric forms to create elusive three-dimensional sculptures that challenge the viewer’s perception of space. His work is minimalistic in design and expresses simple interactions between basic geometric elements. It was exhibited in the Czech Republic and internationally.
For Marian Karel glass is a way to transmit his thoughts. He does not work with it in the glassworks, but rather prefers a sculptural approach. He sees glass as the only material (unlike other materials like wood, bronze or marble) that has the fourth (inside/inner) dimension. In fact, it’s three dimensional, however because of its optical qualities it creates the illusion of a forth.
His brown glass sculpture exhibited in “Best of Europe” at Homo Faber 2018 shows the artist’s desire to express a three-dimensional space with a flat form.
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