Thursday, April 19, 2012

George Aslanis and Crystal Stubbs Exhibition - 19th April to 19th May, 2012

The current exhibition at Kirra Galleries titled New Work, featuring the works of George Aslanis and Crystal Stubbs, was officially opened by internationally recognised Art Historian Dr Bronwyn Hughes, Glass Artist, Senior Lecturer, Curator and Writer.

Speaking at the official opening Dr Hughes said:
"George Aslanis has once again created an impressive body of work that is clearly informed by his Greek-Australian origins.  It is not simply the titles that evoke Greek Gods and legends, but the glass, which appears to explode in flamboyant and fantastical forms, such as the reaching Moonphase and Thendro 4.   Others like Halos 2, rich in symbolic motif, seem to whirl in a riot of colour and light.   One needs time before one can absorb their monumentality.   Most of these forms can be read from both sides - either looking deep into the interior of the piece through the glossy surface, or on strong surface shape and texture.   In a sense, these have an inner and an outer being - a mirror on the human condition.

Crystal Stubbs has been evolving her Character Series for more than six years, each work is a fresh as if it was a new thought.  These cast outer forms, inset with small figures - seem totally self-contained and invite close inspection as the only way to enter into their orbit.  This becomes a revelation as one examines the movement in the surrounding glass form created by both shape and colour, or by trying to gauge the expressions on the small still faces.  Many of the works radiate a very subtle tension, such as Cling - is the man pulling the form down or is the glass lever pulling him up?   The same sort of tension is found in Encircle and Encompass where the small human form is both squeezed in and pushing out of the surrounding form.  Crystal uses colour quite differently but quite as effectively as does George in order to interpret and reinforce her ideas.  I found Enfold especially engaging, with its minimal use of colour and its enveloping form."

View the YouTube video of Crystal Stubbs and George Aslanis at work.

New Work Exhibition
19 April 2012 - 19 May 2012 
Kirra Galleries, Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)

Left: Peter Kolliner, Director of Kirra Galleries; Artists George Aslanis and Crystal Stubbs; and Dr Bronwyn Hughes at the official opening.
 Crystal Stubbs

Crystal Stubbs with her works Peer and Reflect.

Cling by Crystal Stubbs

Enfold by Crystal Stubbs

Encompass by Crystal Stubbs
 George Aslanis

George Aslanis with his work Halos 2

Moonphase by George Aslanis

Janus Reliquary by George Aslanis

Thendro 4 by George Aslanis
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crystal Stubbs and George Aslanis Exhibition Opening

Kirra Galleries are delighted to invite you to the opening of an exhibition featuring the work of George Aslanis and Crystal Stubbs.

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.
Exhibition Opening:
Thursday 19 April 2012 - 6.00pm-8.00pm 
Kirra Galleries, Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)
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Crystal Stubbs
Crystal Stubbs

Crystal Stubbs
Crystal Stubbs is an Australian born glass artist based in country Victoria. 
She produces hot solid formed glass sculptures that are figuratively based.
Her latest series of work, Character Series, incorporates cast crystal elements - it explores the relationship between the human form and architectural elements.    Crystal graduated from Monash University with an Honors degree in 2001 and worked for many different glass blowing studios in the subsequent four years.

In 2003 she received a Monash University Fellowship in the Glass Studies area.  In 2005 Crystal won 3rd place in the Sculpture section of the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize and she has been a scholarship recipient at Pilchuck Glass School twice where she studied under Dino Rosin and Pino Signoretto and in 2011 Crystal was the Tricia Allen Memorial Prize Winner in the Nowa Nowa Nudes Art Competition. 

Crystal exhibits new work regularly and has been represented at SOFA Chicago by Kirra Galleries for the past eight years.   

Crystal runs her own glass blowing studio in East Gippsland where she lives with her husband and young children.

Artist Statement 
"Within my work I have focused on creating stylized figurative pieces that are aesthetically coherent.  Through the use of two different techniques 'Character Series' explores the relationship between the human figure and structural shapes.  I enjoy the challenge of combining the immediate hot glass process with the more time consuming casting process.

I sculpt fluid human forms, and incorporate lineal, structural objects to create an interesting contrast, yet aesthetically balanced piece."

Divine by Crystal Stubbs

Janus 2 by George Aslanis

George Aslanis
George Aslanis
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.

George Aslanis has been represented by Kirra Galleries at SOFA Chicago for the last eight years.
Artist Statement 
"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."

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