Lasvit

Monster Cabaret

17 - 22 April 2018
Teatro Gerolamo
Piazza Ceasare Beccaria 8, Milan

Manabi Monster by Stanislav Müller

The Manabi monsters, members of the Order of Optons, present Sensei – the master, and Gakusei – the follower. They are both born of light to fight the darkness.

Bio

Stanislav Müller works with cut glass and has worked as the Associate Professor at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art (2012 - 2016). His glass objects touch on topics such as human freedom or force majeure, and he does so simply and without pathos. Müller's sense of perfectionism, which stretches our fixed idea of what can be done with a material such as glass, gives the viewer a special sense of surprise. His products are rendered with utmost clarity, and often allude and reference concepts of world history and mythology.

The inspiration for this artwork comes from Stanislav Müller’s personal teaching experiences in Japan, as well as his fascination for comic book culture. The Manabi monsters, members of the Order of Optons, present Sensei – the master, and Gakusei – the follower.

They are both born of light to fight the darkness. Sensei, the master of the way of light, can transform his head and, by changing his expression, he confuses darkness. His facial expressions are called Naku, Warau, and Okoru. The nature of these two beings is truly monstrous, based on the principles of the evolution of monsters, as well as on Stanislav Müller’s experiences of 2012-2016, when he was teaching Japanese pupils.

“In my work with glass, I focus very precisely on the preparation phase. I need to know the basic characteristics of the monster itself. I make the most of the optical properties of glass and study the optic fracturing of light of various shapes,” explains the artist. The most challenging part of the production is the engraving and grinding at the end of the creative process, the final touches that enable those creatures to be born, glorious in their strange kind of beauty.

My monsters

What are your private monsters?

My personal monsters are imagination and creativity.

What was the monster you were afraid of in your childhood?

Like many of us, I used to be a little monster myself, especially from the parents’ point of view. But I don’t recall being afraid of anything.

What are the most frightening monsters of today?

Advertising claims that cannot be removed, social networks, overproduction and trends.

Find your monsters

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Piazza Cesare Becaria 8, Milan

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