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Michael Pavlik
"Deconstructed Double Cube"

29 x 16 x 14 in

Michael Pavlik received a BA at the School of Glass Art in Zelezny Brod, Czechoslovakia, in Prague, 1973, and his MFA at the Academy of Arts and Architecture in Prague, 1981. He moved to the US in the early 80s and received immediate recognition, including a grant from the National Endowment for the arts in 1984.

From 1982 to 1998, Pavlik created two seemingly different bodies of work, one made from encasing layers of molten glass, and the other by techniques of casting and gluing elements together. As different as the processes were the common denominator was the exploration of complex spatial relationships. In 1999 Pavlik and his wife Vladimira Klumpar began casting sculpture together and in 2001 reluctantly moved back to the Czech Republic to oversee the casting of their work. In 2003 Pavlik retired leaving an impressive body of work in the hands of collectors and over 30 museums.

No one has created a more optically dramatic body of work, color and shapes move, disappear and reappear. This is one of his most complex sculptures influenced by his time living in Mexico.