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Title: Emvin Cremona and his use of mixed media in the broken glass series
Authors: Cassar, Kristina
Keywords: Art, Maltese -- 20th century
Glass art -- Malta
Cremona, Emvin, 1919-1987
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Throughout history, many artists achieved vital discoveries, be they in the way in which a medium can be used or the way in which to portray a meaning expressed in the art piece. The challenges that international and local artists faced were that of innovation and creativity. Within the context of the Maltese Art period [Plate 1] (1930 - 1970), I will highlight the international influence and local participation of Emvin Cremona [Plate 2] - an artist who approached his artistic merits in a radical and daring way. A zooming in on his 1969 Exhibition, that made use of glass as his medium, will be our focal point. In his Broken Glass Series, Cremona tackles his artistic methods in a new light. He approaches his work with an attack in the way he strikes his hammer on the glass creating an effect that in my critical opinion must evoke a certain combination of emotions that are experienced within the viewer. The challenge of particular concern is to decipher what responses Cremona planned to imbue and what the viewers, then and now, experience when they view Cremona's trying pieces. An aura of spirituality and a sense of ambiguity are seen in his glass compositions in which I draw a direct link with Mark Rothko and his Abstract Expressions [Plates 3 – 4]. A further link to spirituality can be discussed when referring to and analyzing Wassily Kandinsky ’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art. [Plate 5] A thorough reading of this work will give an insight to Kandinsky’s deep concern and search for spirituality in the composition and presentation of art. His introduction expresses his opinion on the human species and their intellect and ability to understand matters such as art on an elevated level that is not attainable for our close cousins the primates. In comparison, Kandinsky both in his art [Plate 6] and his writings, stirs up a question that stimulates the human mind and urges it to question and seek answers in mere splatters of paint and in Cremona’s case shattered glass compositions.
Description: B.A.(HONS)HIST.OF ART
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArtHa - 2014

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