Visiting Artist Series
November 11-13, 2010
Michael Janis, 2010 Saxe Fellowship Award Winner;
Bas Relief and Imagery
Michael Janis creates glass pieces that have both visual and spatial depth. By layering and fusing sheets of glass with overlapping elements, he strives for interactive commentary using simple forms with intricate glass powder drawings. The layered compositions allow him to make unusual juxtapositions of imagery.
His kilnformed work takes scenes and suspends them within layers of fused, formed and coldworked sheet glass. Using crushed glass powder to create drawings, he plays with elements of light, color and sequence.
He aims to create conceptual works, a sort of dream-like surrealism, using figures, text and common objects. The artworks suggest meanings but also encourage the viewers to draw their own conclusions.
Michael is currently the Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, DC, and has taught at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, as well as Istanbul’s Glass Furnace in Turkey. He first began working with glass as an architect in Australia, where his projects received international awards. His architectural discipline is evident in his precise and detailed ‘sgraffito’ technique.
He was named ‘Outstanding Emerging Artist 2008-2009’ by the Florida Glass Art Alliance, and was a Finalist for the Washington, DC Mayor’s Art Award in 2009. He was also included in a book on the best of international glass art, ‘50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass’, published in the UK. In February 2010, he won the Saxe Fellowship Award at BAGI's Great Glass Auction 2010.
This year his work was selected by an international jury to be featured in the Corning Glass Museum’s ‘New Glass Review’ publication. Currently, his work may be viewed in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
> View Student work from class
> Visit Michael's website