About The Artist
Michael Janis • Mt. Rainier, MD
Glass • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Michael Janis & Tony Porto have joined forces in creating a universe halfway between fantasy and reality, exploring the possibilities of illustration, narrative, and sculpture. Our cast glass/mixed media figures evoke a multiplicity of narratives that are at once whimsical and distressing, capturing the complexities and outlandishness of our own existence. The collaborative series are little tokens of love, nods to shared experiences and jokes, meant to make the viewer laugh and cry a bit too.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
The Janis/Porto sculptures exude an obsessive nature, intricately weaving a narrative of passion and meticulous craftsmanship. Our pop-art inspired works captures the fun of the subject with an intense focus on detail. In most works shown on the site, the central glass figures are hand crafted and are made in unique kiln-cast molds. Found objects (action figures, comics, bits and bobs from hardware store are transformed into a harmonious whole.