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Glass Artist Janusz Pozniak


  • JDAC 700 East 12th Street Hastings, NE, 68901 United States (map)

Be sure to stop by the Hastings College JDAC during the week of April 25th-27th as Janusz Pozniak and Dante Marioni will be working their magic in the Glass Studio. 

Artist Lecture on April 25th at 7:00pm in the Wilson Center. 

Public viewing times in the glass studio of the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center are Tuesday, April 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and Thursday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Janusz Pozniak’s recent work shows a different, more introspective side of the artist. Though he continues to showcase his impossibly tight command of the challenging Italian reticello technique, he uses the netted effect to explore the idea of boundaries or barriers in personal relationships, whether positive, as in the case of an aura or sanctuary, or negative, as in the case of confinement.

Artist Statement:
I have always hoped that my work would drive people to react, feel, and think by conveying specific emotion, sense, or feeling. While struggling with personal issues of happiness and contentment, I found myself thinking of a figurine that rested on my parents’ mantle when I was a child. It was a small figure of the Holy Mother Mary or Madonna. Being of no current religious orientation I realized that this object had given me a gift: ­ it evoked in me thoughts of peace, tranquility, and inner strength. Without realizing it, I made work that brought me closer to those feelings. As this work evolved I started to focus on creating objects that could, like the figurine, give the gifts of peace, contemplation, and tranquility. As time has gone on, I’ve begun to explore how form, color and pattern can evoke darker emotions as well.

Biography:
Janusz Pozniak was born in Swindon, England. He received a bachelor of arts in glass from the West Surrey College of Art & Design and received a D.A.T.E.C. diploma from Southport College of Art. Since 1992, Pozniak has worked professionally in association with numerous renowned glass artists including Dante Marioni, Benjamin Moore, Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Sonja Blomdahl, and Dick Marquis. Pozniak has been a visiting artist/lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, and Alfred University, and has been the recipient of numerous awards from institutions such as Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Artist Trust.

Artist Website: http://www.jpozniak.com/

Earlier Event: April 23
Yoga Nidra - Free Session
Later Event: April 25
Glass Artist Dante Marioni