Bubacco, born on Murano in 1957, began playing with glass as a boy, making small
animals, beads, and the usual lampworker's tablet. At fifteen he received his
artisan's license and began marketing flameworked Venetian memorabilia. His
fascination with anatomy, equine and human, lured him to push bit by bit beyond
the perceived technical limits of his craft. His large free standing sculpture,
worked hot and annealed during the process, is unique in lampworking made from
flexible Murano soda glass canes, not less-breakable Pyrex. His pieces challenge
our notion of lampwork as a primarily decorative and whimsical, stressing as
they do form and plasticity, rather than detailed elaboration and/or narrative
content presented as a mini-installation. Bubacco's recent explorations with two dimensional inclusions in
blown, solid off-hand and cast glass, burst forth into three dimensional glory,
or are highlighted by cold working through and around the images, as he persists
in his quest to create a living force in glass.
In 1980 he began studying anatomical drawing with the Venetian artist Alessandro
Rossi. His style takes on a new dimension: the movement of the figure becomes
the central theme of his work.
His masterpieces are crafted in Murano glass, also called "soft glass" because
of its high soda content, which is famous for its characteristic brightness and
ideal for the "lume" process.
His technical experience and knowledge of glass color compatibility allow him to
create unique works: figures entirely hand-formed and incorporated in
blown-vases or in casting.
His works transcend traditional uses and conceptions of the "lume" technique.
They collocate motive tensions and plasticity in a context of narrative
surrealism, to create highly original pieces derived from his personal
Lucio Bubacco's sensuous works combine the anatomic perfection of Greek
sculpture with the Byzantine gothic architecture of his native Venice. Seductive
themes, metamorphosis and transformation, forms emerging from the void, echo
themes from our mythological past when sexuality was spiritual, not political.
written by Louise Berndt