Bronze Still Lives

The Still Life Compositional Reconstructions draw upon fictional narratives and still life paintings to examine the objects at the center of these depictions, and the larger ideas about ambition and desire they represent.  The most recent series draws from objects described in short stories from Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy.  Each composition is based on

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The Still Life Compositional Reconstructions draw upon fictional narratives and still life paintings to examine the objects at the center of these depictions, and the larger ideas about ambition and desire they represent.  The most recent series draws from objects described in short stories from Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy.  Each composition is based on a quintessential scene in which the objects depicted take on a critical role in the narrative, revealing details of their owner’s aspirations and desires.  The Red Inn unfolds at the end of a dinner party hosted by a Parisian banker.  A crystal decanter (featured in the Still Life) at the center of the table, a porcelain basket of fruit has been picked over, and remains of pits and peels litter the tabletop.  A German businessman tells a long story of two young French medical students who spend the night at an inn on the banks of the Rhine, when a horrible crime takes place in the night.  The story weaves between a past recollection and moments of recognition in the present, as those gathered around the table begin to suspect the involvement of one of the dinner guests in the crime that occurred years ago.  The Still Life Compositional Reconstructions explore how such objects become infused with meaning through narrative, an ongoing interest in Glynn’s practice.  Earlier reconstruction were based on Dutch still life paintings, by painters including Wilhelm Kalf and Pieter Claesz.  The objects in each composition were thought to be signifiers of social status, assembled in the mind of the artist rather than physical space prior to the production of the painting.

  • Still Life After the Red Inn, 2014
    Cast bronze with silver nitrate patina
    29 x 19 x 18 inches
  • Still Life After Z. Marcas, 2014
    Cast bronze with silver nitrate patina
    21 12 x 11 12 x 12 12 inches
  • Still Life Compositional Reconstruction (after Willem Kalf, Still Life with Drinking-Horn, 1653), 2013,
    Cast bronze with silver nitrate patina
    30 x 30 x 29 inches
  • Still Life Compositional Reconstruction (after Pieter Claesz, Vanitas, 1630), 2013
    Cast bronze with silver nitrate patina
    18 x 19 x 712 inches
  • Still Life Compositional Reconstruction (after Willem Kalf, Still Life with Silver Jug, 1655-57), 2013
    Cast bronze with silver nitrate patina
    20 x 24 x 17 inches
  • Still Life Compositional Reconstruction (after Pieter Claesz, Still Life with Oysters, 1633), 2013
    Cast bronze with silver nitrate patina
    20 x 24 x 17 inches