Renato Japi, born in Rio de Janeiro Bazil 1979, is a glass artist and is a Ph.D. student of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Tomáš Krejčí, born in Ostrava – Czech Republic 1994, studies the Ph.D. program in Glass Design Studio at Tomas Bata University in Zlin in the Czech Republic.
Each one has its own personal approach on how to understand and work with glass. Renato Japi is more focused on sculptural pieces made from borosilicate glass using the torch. Tomáš Krejčí is interested in hand made blown glass in combination with other materials.
The installation of objects is based on the coexistence of two elements: glass and inflatable forms. They experimented visual relations between these elements as well as their constructive properties. They discovered many different ways. In some cases, you can see a symbiosis of these elements, they cannot be without each other. In other cases, inflatable parts create support for glass vases or light objects, making them dependent on each other.
This project shows experimental works that do not acknowledge the limits of art and design. They were led by tests of their properties and then played with compositions. It was a perfect context for this exploration of new forms of product and at the same time the first cooperation between two creatives from two different universities and countries.
The Pillow Vase object works with stable and unstable principle and compares different materials. Two glass vases are fixed by inflatable foil in a vertical position and together create one stable composition. The combination of plastic inflatable foil and glass shows levitating forms defined by air.
The sculptural abstract beacon. A kinetic piece that shines light horizontally and floats in the air like there was no gravity. This unique piece is part of a 10 pieces installation with futuristic ambitions that belongs in space.
Venice Design Week, in 2019, has selected their works and you can see them in inGALLERY Arte Spazio Tempo
Campo del Ghetto, 2877, 30121 Venezia VE