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Dreaming of glasses

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Dreaming of Glasses

by Meri Andreasyan, in an atelier led by Hassan Zahreddine

 

An elderly man arranged a worn set of water glasses on the pavement, placed his gray hat nearby and began to play them. I didn’t know his name and was afraid to ask.

 

Over the next few weeks, I saw the man every day, in the same place, at the same time. He never lifted his gaze. Despite the crowd, he was alone. A day of playing barely earned him enough money to buy a kilo of apricots.

 

One day, the old man was in his usual spot, but the glasses were not. It took me a few minutes, but I convinced myself to approach him. “I sold the glasses,” he explained. “I needed the money.” 

 

I stood on the sidewalk listening to his silence enveloped in memories.

 

Number of prints: 6, numbered and signed by the artist

Dimensions: 25 x 38 cm

Number of glasses: 6

 

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In the mid-20th century, a factory in the Russian city of Gus-Khrustalny began manufacturing the Stakan drinking glass. The Stakan quickly became the most widely used drinking glass in the Soviet Union. It was thick, durable and had a unique geometry, with up to 20 facets.

 

Rumor has it that the Stakan glass was designed in Leningrad by sculptor Vera Mukhina in collaboration with the renowned artist Kazimir Malevich while the city was under siege. It soon became ubiquitous. There were even vending machines that dispensed soft drinks into Stakan glasses that would be rinsed and left behind for the next user.

 

Now a symbol of the Soviet past, the Stakan glass was the inspiration for a TUMO Studios printmaking atelier with Hassan Zahreddine. The glass was the protagonist in original prints and stories by participating students. Using etching techniques, students illustrated narratives about the iconic drinkware  a mother who uses the glass to eavesdrop through a wall, an elderly man who plays the glasses like instruments, and variations in the geometry of the glass as a symbol of social hierarchy and constraints. 

 

Enclosed, you will find a set of prints and six original Stakan glasses. Together, they pay tribute to an object that evokes nostalgia but still has a place at the modern dining table. 

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Print number

1/12, 2/12, 3/12, 4/12, 5/12, 6/12, 7/12, 8/12, 9/12, 10/12