Ms. Van Cline’s most crafty work, “Winter Ice Branches,” best reflects her skill in molding a glass and binder mixture called pate de verre (literally “glass paste”). The oversized, frosty leaves simultaneously appear fragile and monumental, but unfortunately are displayed too close to another installation so as to look part of that larger work.
Like so much of this show, the technical feats of craft are overshadowed by self-conscious attempts at art.
WHAT: “Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009”
WHERE: Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street Northwest
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 3
WEB SITE: www.americanart.si.edu
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