The Gift that keeps on giving…

6 06 2017

More luxe gorgeousness from Timothy Horn: Dior commission, Beijing…

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[Now that’s what we call Haute Culture. n(Ed)]





…and there was light

3 05 2017

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The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is currently showing George Aslanis: Experiments in Light, a retrospective survey exhibition celebrating the practice of the loved and respected (late) artist/educator George Aslanis – former Head of the Glass and Ceramic Studio at Monash University, Melbourne.

This large body of work, sourced by National Art Glass Gallery curator Michael Scarrone from private collections across Australia, navigates the decades of George’s exuberant, investigative art practice…

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Media release….

George Aslanis: Experiments in Light 

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is proud to present a retrospective survey of one of the most influential and innovative artists in contemporary Australian glass, George Aslanis (1960-2016). Aslanis inspired a generation of glass artists to develop their passion and their understanding of the artform, and this new exhibition, George Aslanis: Experiments in Light reveals the great scope of his practice and his ideas.

George Aslanis began his artistic career in ceramics, but became drawn to the paradoxical qualities of glass, which he described in one interview as “dense and heavy and solid… it is the antithesis of light, yet it describes light in so many ways”. As head of the Glass and Ceramic Studio at Monash University for many years, Aslanis was a tremendous influence on glass students and artists across Australia, and many of the works on display in Experiments in Light have been loaned from former students.

Aslanis’ practice involves a dialogue that describes ‘states of being’, and symbols and metaphors are important motifs in his work. Drawing from cultures past and present he combined 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.

As well as his artistic practice and his influence as a teacher, George Aslanis was also known for his passion as a collector, with an exceptional eye for objects of art, craft and design. His later works combined his collections with his art, with installations that intermingled early Venetian glass vessels with found chunks of furnace glass, detritus from the casting process.

George Aslanis himself once described his work as “a discussion about glass, its inherent material properties; these include the sensual and the metaphorical. Glass is a material in a state of becoming, an endless multiplicity of potentials.” Experiments in Light is itself a tribute to Aslanis’ own multiplicity of potentials, and the home of the National Art Glass Collection is a fitting venue to reflect upon the life and career of such an influential artist.

George Aslanis: Experiments in Light is on display in the National Art Glass Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 25 March until Sunday 9 July, 2017. An official closing for the exhibition will be held on Thursday 6 July at 6pm.

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[Big thanks to Michael for the imagery and info. What an absolute joy it must have been to put this show together! We can feel a road trip coming on… n(Ed)]

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Upcoming event…

21 04 2017

Celebrating David Wright’s latest window installation…

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Looks spectacular…

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[Thanks to Martin Haskett for the headzup. n(Ed)]

 





Archibald 2016 Finalists…

7 07 2016

Yeah, well it’s that time again, the Archies – something that we always look forward to…but have to admit we perused the field with little great enthusiasm. A flicker of interest here and there, but no seismic shifts until we came across…

 

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Nick Strathopoulos, Deng, acrylic and oil on linen.

So arresting/appealing on soooo many levels.

Check the casting call here.





Masa wins the inaugural Hindmarsh Prize…

19 06 2016

 

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Fabulous! Love his work, big time. Canberra Time’s backstory here.





Un-believable…

24 05 2016

It’s beyond comprehension; two doting mothers indulgently filming their kids damaging an artwork by Shelly Xue at the Shanghai Museum of Glass…

 

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Clearly the kids read the cordoned off area as a boxing/martial arts ring – something patently not discouraged by the moronic mothers.

Jesus wept!! Full story here.

[Thanks for the headzup, Nige, n(Ed)]

…meanwhile, where were the ubiquitously lurking gallery guards?

 





Opening this Thursday at CCAS Manuka…

23 05 2016

The divided works, an exhibition of new work from Jas Hugonnet…

 

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The divided works.

The divided works pay homage to minimalism and the process of construction.
These compositions incorporate building materials where a horizontal element is introduced to allude to the horizon line.
A key idea in this series was to stick to a set of rules around proportion and let the surface of the work convey a sense of space.

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Noice. Background scoop/times on the CCAS website here.