Monday, July 11, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter

Kirra Galleries News
KIGA 2016 –

The Winner of the People’s Choice Award for KIGA (Kirra Illuminating Glass Award) 2016 was Holly Grace for her piece, Rubjerg Knude Fyr. Holly was presented with a beautiful glass plaque made by Kristin McFarlane.
Congratulations also go to Julie Mejak whose name was drawn from all the entries we received and Julie won a $200 gift voucher from Kirra Galleries.
The KIGA 2016 exhibition is still running at our Gallery at Fed Square, so if you are in the area please call in to have a look at the work on show – it will be a warm and cosy escape from the Melbourne chills. If you have not seen our last newsletter, the winner of the KIGA exhibition 2016 was Kevin Gordon for his amazing carved cameo work – “Flame of Humanity”, and the innovation award was presented to Mark Eliott for “Light Dragon”.
Above: Rubjerg Knude Fyr by Holly Grace
Rubjerg Knude Fyr by Holly Grace

Next Exhibition at Kirra Galleries
Detailed imagery of natural forms within the landscape encapsulated in sculptured art glass
‘Microcosm’ will feature the work of 6 very accomplished female glass artists, Nicole Ayliffe, Holly Grace, Laurel Kohut, Mariella McKinley, Zoe Woods and Kayo Yokoyama.
We are thrilled to have Nick Wirdnam open this exciting exhibition. Nick was both teacher and mentor to three of the exhibiting artists whilst he was Head of The Monash University’s Glass department from 1983 to 2007. His career as a glass artist spans more than forty years and his work is represented in The National Gallery of Australia, Wagga Wagga National Glass Collection, Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Australia and several international museums including Glass Museum Nijima Japan, Ebeltoft Glass Museum Denmark and Northlands Creative Glass Museum Scotland.
Pictured below: Optical Landscape Series “Misty Morning” by Nicole Ayliffe
Optical Landscape Series

Our first Flame on Glass exhibition was held in September 2003 and we are therefore able to announce that this year will be the 14th Annual Overview of Contemporary Flame Formed Glass at Kirra Galleries.
The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 8 September 2016 and there will be more than thirty artists represented. Flame workers come from around Australia and New Zealand to participate and demonstrate to the public over a four day period. Demonstrations begin on the opening night and end on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. This is a wonderful exhibition that is one of our most popular annual events. We will be publishing a schedule of demonstrations closer to the exhibition.

Some of the dedicated team of artists who help to make the annual Flame on Glass exhibitions so informative and enjoyable

It is with great sadness that Kirra Galleries farewell a dear friend and artist George Aslanis who passed away on June 21st 2016.
Kirra Galleries have represented George for more than sixteen years both in Australia and Internationally.
George has been an artist and involved in art education all of his adult life. He was 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, mentored and inspired many Australian contemporary glass artists throughout his academic career.
George’s practice involved a dialogue that described a ‘state of being’. 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 was a constant aspect of George Aslanis’ work.

In his own words from our SOLO 2 show in 2009, George Aslanis wrote:
"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."
We will miss his generous spirit, friendship, artistry and humour.
Stig by George Aslanis Janus Head 2 by George Aslanis
Stig by George Aslanis Janus Head 2 by George Aslanis

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