Circle Craft Co-operative is pleased to present Miran Elbakyan’s metal work and “Storytellers” by woodturner, Jason Marlow, in their gallery located in the Net Loft on Granville Island, April 6 – May 1, 2012.
Miran Elbakyan’s whimsical abstract sculptures lean towards surrealism, humour, and surprise. His lines are always in motion, always striving to fly, to dance, to excel, while his imagery is fluent and expressive. Ornamental lacy curtains, made of wrought iron, curl around each other in a sensual tango, transparent and delicate like elaborate filigree, as if dancing in the wind.
Elbakyan began his art education in the studios of Armenian artists. He began as a painter, but when he immigrated to Israel he became acquainted with the best blacksmith artists in the country. He quickly got the feel of the basic blacksmith techniques. Fascinated with the immediacy, elasticity, and flexibility of artistic forging, he decided to dedicate himself to metal work.
Elbakyan moved to British Columbia in 2005. He operates his own studio and gallery in Ladner in the Lower Mainland. He makes all that can be made from wrought iron: iron fences, gates, sconces, candleholders, rails, grills, garden furniture, gazebos, and fireplace accessories, but metal sculptures are among his favourite creations. His contemporary designs sometimes incorporate glass, stone, or wood.
Miran Elbakyan has been a member of Circle Craft since 2009. For more information about Elbakyan, visit: http://www.wroughtironrailinggates.com/
Recognized internationally for his innovative and original pieces, Jason Marlow is one of Canada’s most distinguished woodturners.
Marlow established a studio in Canada in 1980 and uses sustainable indigenous woods of British Columbia. Particularly known for his signature “Helmet” series, he also produces architectural scale wall pieces and objects inspired by Vancouver Island’s forests, rivers, mountains, and wildlife.
Jason has demonstrated and taught woodturning since 1983 across Canada and the US, and has also apprentice-trained several of today’s contemporary turners.
Jason lives 100 yards from the ocean between the Big and Little Qualicum Rivers where he shares Marlow Veale Gallery with his wife, Anne Marie, who is studio potter. With otters running in the garden and swans, eagles, and wildlife all around, they consider themselves very fortunate. Jason Marlow has been a member of Circle Craft since 1985.
For information about other upcoming gallery exhibitions, visit: www.circlecraft.net
Circle Craft Shop & Gallery | Daily 10 am – 7 pm | 1 - 1666 Johnston St., Net Loft Granville Island
tel  669 8021 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Admission: FREE