Glass fusion artist and sculptor Kamil Akmanov, who lives within the Republic of Tatarstan and got here to Istanbul to open an exhibition in March, has been staying in Istanbul for about 4 months since flights have been canceled underneath the Corona Virus measures. Turning his home right into a workshop right here, Akmanov continued to supply his artworks within the metropolis by reflecting iconic Hagia Sophia on them.
During the method he has been staying in Istanbul, Akmanov produced new sculptures of wooden and glass fusion artworks and presents his exhibition of about 40 works to the delight of artwork lovers. Titled “Color Through Glass,” the exhibition meets the viewers at Bereketzadeli Art Gallery in Galata neighborhood. The present of the artist, who can also be a member of the Union of Artists of Tatarstan and Russia, is being curated by his daughter Aygül Okutan.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Akmanov stated that he began his artwork life with ceramic sculpture work 30 years in the past. He started to supply numerous works with the fusion method, which is the melting of glass at excessive temperature, in the midst of time. Akmanov said that he carries out numerous purposes akin to double melting, embossing and contours on glass with fusion method, including: “I really like the artwork of glass fusion. Now I can say that I’ve specialised on this space. I attempt to apply a brand new method every single day, akin to totally different warmth ranges in my works.”
The artists stated that many of the works within the “Color Through Glass” exhibition is about Istanbul and that he additionally etched the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque on glass in numerous conditions. Noting that he admires Istanbul, its streets and outdated buildings, Akmanov stated: “History and tradition coexist on this metropolis. As you stroll by way of the streets, you all of a sudden come throughout a historic constructing you by no means anticipated. I particularly love Karaköy district, the place Byzantine and Ottoman constructions are collectively. For occasion, I’ve fallen in love with Kurşunlu Han (Inn) in Karaköy. It is a construction that continues to be utterly intact in its pure kind. Istanbul is mostly a metropolis of interlocking historical past, cultures and peoples. One of the locations which have impressed me essentially the most in Istanbul is Hagia Sophia. When I first walked by way of the door of Hagia Sophia, I stated, ‘what totally different, what nice folks have handed by way of this door, and now I’m going by way of it,’” he added.
Mentioning his different productions through the pandemic, Akmanov continued: “In my keep in Istanbul through the pandemic, I went on new pursuits and determined to work on wooden as properly. I turned my home right into a workshop, purchased supplies and produced picket sculptures with nice love and enthusiasm. I have no idea how the quarantine course of went on for different folks but it surely was a really productive and delightful time for me.”
Akmanov graduated from the division of structure and labored as an architect for a while earlier than beginning his artwork life. He continued: “Architecture was not sufficient for me. I used to be not impressed sufficient by this occupation. When I used to be 39, I made a decision to turn out to be an artist. I had mates who have been engaged in glass staining at the moment. Glass items remained from their work. When a pal of mine informed me that these items could possibly be fired and melted and I might produce might one thing new, the door of a brand new world was opened to me. Then I discovered a e book about glass artwork and received the primary thought about glass fusion from that e book. There was no web at the moment. I discovered my very own method by way of trial and error by analyzing the books utterly. For occasion, not all glasses match collectively. Although a few of the colours have been stunning, they have been cracking after eradicating them from the oven.”
Akmanov expressed that he melted all of the glass he discovered on the time, akin to home windows and bottles, to supply new artworks, Akmanov continued: “I used to be working nonstop, and not using a break. Even at night time, I used to be dreaming of the designs I used to be going to make on my work. I’d have a pocket book proper subsequent to me. I’d get up at night time, draw sketches and fall right into a extra peaceable sleep. I noticed a design in my dream and stated to myself ‘anyway, let me attract within the morning,’ and returned to sleep. But once I awoke within the morning and couldn’t keep in mind, I began to have my sketchbook with me each night time.”
Noting that the glass fusion works might stay sound for about 500 years, the artist stated: “Those who do related work on this subject, akin to glass ornament and design, normally must earn cash, as glass is a extremely costly materials. I’m the one artist in Tatarstan who produces works with this sort of design and fusion method. I spent my childhood in a village, and I used to be always making an attempt to make a kind with clay and dirt along with the stream.”
The works of Akmanov, who has participated in additional than 30 main exhibitions in Russia, are additionally within the assortment of the State Art Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan. The artist’s Istanbul exhibition “Color Through Glass” might be out there till Aug. 5.