For those who don’t know you: Who is Assy Jans?
I was born in Clervaux in Luxembourg in 1961. My father was a carpenter, he loved to carve wood and enjoyed to draw and to paint. My mother was creative in sewing, knitting and realizing clothes for my elder brother and me. As both of my parents were creative in their daily life, I wonder whether this is the reason why, I have been sketching, drawing, carving wood and working with all kinds of materials since my early childhood.
Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Many of my sculptures are inspired by current themes. It all starts with an idea, which becomes a sketch and will be realized later on in my favorite material, steel. Sometimes I have a lucky finding, as a nice / interesting piece of old construction timber or driftwood. I’m excited and can’t wait to start working on it.
I often use old tools to give them a soul in a new creation. The technical process consists of plasma cutting, welding, bending or assembling existing tools or other stuff.
For the moment, I am very preoccupied by the human shape with its expressions and movements which I like to give life in my works.
What were your first thoughts when our gallery that specializes in Man & Machine themes invited you for an exhibition?
When I was invited to show my works at Gallery Ex Machina I was honored and excited. It was a challenge for me to realize sculptures that illustrates the cooperation between man and technology.
“Art has to be more than aesthetics, it has to be a critical mirror of society and political situations.”
What do you think about the union of technology and art in our time?
It is a fact that nowadays technologies can help the artist to realize his works easier and faster. However we should not forget that art – in my view – is a balance to the digital and technical world we all live in.
What do you think is in the future of art/artist?
Art has always been part of social life and has influenced politics. Art has to be more than aesthetics, it has to be a critical mirror of society and political situations. But first and foremost every kind of art is a world language with a positive message and that’s how it has to be in the time to come.
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