To readers of the Diasporic Literature website,
I am delighted to inform you that George Aslanis is exhibiting again at Kirra Galleries along with Crystal Stubbs. The Exhibition Opening is on Thursday 19th April 2012, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Kirra Galleries, Federation Square (enter via Atrium), Melbourne, Australia.
The exhibition will be opened by internationally recognised Art Historian Dr Bronwyn Hughes, a Glass Artist, Senior Lecturer, Curator, Writer and Editor of ‘The Encyclopedia Project‘, supported by Architectural Glass Design Australia Inc. The Encyclopedia Project is a five-year project to collect and record data on the commercial firms, ateliers, men and women who have contributed to the art and industry of stained glass in Australia since 1850. Dr Bronwyn Hughes was Deputy Head of the Department of Applied Art at Monash University, Caulfield and Peninsula campuses during the period 1995 – 1997.
I had visited George’s studio three years ago and I must admit I am guilty of not keeping in touch with such a great artist, but now I get a chance to redeem myself. And I will redeem myself even more if I can get some of the people who are regular visitors to the Diasporic website to also come and participate. So please be George’s guest, get a chance to meet polymorphous George and have a great time all the same.
George Aslanis has been an artist and involved in art education all his adult life. He is the Coordinator of the Glass and Ceramic Studio in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Department of Fine Arts, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has taught many Australian contemporary glass artists throughout his academic career.
George’s practice involves a dialogue that describes ‘state of being’. Symbol and metaphor are important motifs in his work. Drawing from cultures past and present he combines various elements to create visually complex cast glass sculptures.
These objects are read from two sides, a sculpted textured surface and an open view into the interior space of the glass. The question of what exists beneath the surface, the interior life often unseen is a constant aspect of George Aslanis’ work.
“In this new body of work I discuss the relationship between the past and the future, perceiving the world at once from opposite directions. My work is a contemporary interpretation of the Janus mythology which originated in ancient Rome. Janus symbolises beginnings and transitions, endings and time.”