In a humorous wink toward whimsy and function, Robert Levin transforms the stem of a traditional goblet into a banana. Levin achieves harmony in concept and color while maintaining a sense of precariousness in the work’s composition. A former resident at Penland School of Crafts, Levin has long resided in Western North Carolina, contributing towards the spirit of innovation that typifies the glass movement in the region. Levin cites the sculptures of Claes Oldenburg as a source of inspiration for incorporating food and other playful elements into his designs.
Curatorial Assistant Hilary Schroeder gives us food for thought:
I am amazed by the magical ways in which glass can be manipulated into both familiar and abstract objects, and I especially enjoy how Levin puts the “fun” in functional in this Banana Goblet. The vibrant colors almost make the goblet feel like a painting by Andy Warhol. Imagine a groovy table set with plates, bowls, and food to match!
Robert Levin (born Baltimore, MD 1948)
Banana Goblet, 1980, blown and hot-worked glass, 8 ½ × 4 ⅞ × 3 ⅜ inches. Gift of Michael & Barbara Keleher, 2010.07.08.50. © Robert Levin.
What would you drink out of this goblet?