PAINTER, SCULPTOR, CERAMIST, GRAPHIC, OTHER VISUAL ARTS
For twenty-five years text has been central to my work. Whether using collage, installation, painting, performance or animation, it is the book as object and the manipulation of text which constantly inform my work. Social, literary, philosophical and political documents, tomes and bookpages, some old and some aesthetically exquisite in themselves, have succumbed to a range of manipulations and interventions calculated to conspire a kind of linguisitic and artistic subterfuge. Words are sometimes permanently concealed or reconstituted. The jackets, cut, even scorched and modified to accommodate implements such as taps, hooks and saws. The book has also been enchained, wrapped or rendered unopenable and unreadable. I most enjoy what I call ‘Coding’and making art without ever taking it too seriously, I set out to have fun by revealing an infinity of hidden texts and images in old books and magazines and an eternity of enigmas in everything from a box of coloured pencils to the camouflage patterns of exotic fish. I have produced a number of adventurous collages and assemblages, many of which used books as their basic formatand several performances, installations animations.
Janis has exhibited both in Australia and overseas. He studied Printmaking (1987) and Graphic Design (1977) at Perth Technical College and gained my Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia in 1990. In Perth, WA, He is represented by Galerie Düsseldorf, and in Riga, Latvia by Gallery Bastejs.
Jánis is currently a full time artist and co director of Gallery East in North Fremantle. In 2005 he was awarded a Creative Development Fellowship from ArtsWA (Department for Culture and the Arts) and at the end of July 2006, returned from a two month artist’s residency at the Artists’ Union, in Riga, Latvia which culminated in his exhibition Books + Texts as an Object No.2 at Gallery Bastejs. On his return, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (Western Australia), mounted a comprehensive survey exhibition titled A Near Distance, of his work over the last 15 years.
His works are held in the collections of Albany Senior High School (WA); Alexander Library, Perth (WA); Artbank; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Artists’ Union of Latvia (Riga); Artsource (WA); Australian Capital Equity, Perth (WA); Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur, (Malaysia); Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland; BankWest (Australia); Crayola (Vic); Burswood Casino (Intercontinental Pearl Room), Perth (WA); Cabinet del Taller Experiemental de Grafica de la Havana/Cuba; Central Metropolitan College of TAFE, Perth (WA); Circle “Bokartas”, Lithuania; City of Albany (WA); City of Bunbury (WA); City of Fremantle (WA); City of Joondalup (WA); Curtin University of Technology (WA); Edith Cowan University (WA); Family Law Courts, Perth (WA); Global Society for Latvian Art, Valmiera, (Latvia); Great Southern Grammar, Albany (WA); Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa, (Japan); King Edward Memorial Hospital (WA); Klava Sipolins Foundation, (Canada); Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (WA); Mackay Regional Council (Qld); Mandurah Art Gallery, (WA); Ministry for Fair Trading, Perth (WA); Murdoch University (WA); National Gallery of Jamaica; North Albany Senior High School (WA); Quay West Resort, Bunker Bay (WA); Royal Perth Hospital (WA); Sigma-Escritorio de Arte Ltda Campinas, Sao Paulo, (Brazil); Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (WA); St John of God Hospital, Murdoch (WA); State Art Gallery, Lodz, Poland; Sydney Conservatorium of Music (NSW); Thompson Legal, Albany (WA); University of Western Australia; Wesfarmers (WA). Private including Dr Ian + Mrs Sue Bernadt; Delaney Family; Frost Family, Albany (WA); Liz + Lloyd Horn; Dr Johanna Lagerberg + Dr Stephen Swift; Estate of Dr. Harold Schenberg; Doug + Magda Sheerer.