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Artist:   Todd Hoyer  
Title:   Vessel  
Date:   c. 1992  
Medium:   Mesquite, grout, gold leaf  
Dimensions:   9 5/8 x 5 x 5 in. (24.45 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of the collection of Mari and Irving Lipton  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Although made from the same material as Hoyer's "Gourd Series" piece featured in this same grouping, with this vessel Hoyer chooses to conceal the surface of the wood rather than manipulating its naturally occurring irregularities. White grout accentuates the cracks in the blackened and charred surface. Playing with this textured surface, gold and black ribbons of color snake their way over and around the exterior of the vessel, adding to the decorative scheme of the surface and further obscuring the wood grain. Delicate cracks emanate from the mouth of the vessel, revealing the strength and fragility of its material structure.

Name:   Hoyer, Todd  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, born 1952  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature on bottom, incised: [TH]  
Classification:   Woodwork  
Physical Description:   small flat foot; vessel flares out to rounded shoulder and inward to small mouth on short neck; black and white with black and gold curving lines overall  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   2009.74.15  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts