Since graduating from the Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1964, Robert Janz has had a long and varied international art career. It started with a Fulbright fellowship in Spain just after graduation, which Janz said "was a brilliant beginning." After some time in London, he found himself completing a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch-Dienst (DAAD) fellowship in Berlin, where he counts among his many milestones the ability to draw on the Berlin Wall long before it came down. From there, his work has led him to complete residencies in places such as Guernsey, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and France, as well as many locations in the United States.
The 79 year old was on the road for six months last year completing a residency at the Centre Culturel Irelandais in Paris and an exhibition at the Peppercanister Gallery in Dublin. "Although I sell work in Berlin and Ireland, the work I enjoy doing the most tends to be ephemeral-my specialty is transitory work," said Janz, whose recent projects have involved a series of drawings with water on rock while in Ireland and the rearrangement of a series of chairs during his residency in Paris.
This spring, Janz will make history as the first artist invited to have a second solo show at the John David Mooney Foundation International Currents Gallery in Chicago. Titled Slow Kinetics, the exhibition explores aspects of motion, change, and transience through the subtle arrangement and rearrangement of paper shapes throughout the duration of the exhibition. Keep up with the progress of Slow Kinetics on his blog, slowkinetics.blogspot.com.