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Printed @ Blender Gallery
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm

Printed

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KROMA - Printed @Blender

The Blender Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition “PRINTED”, showcasing different types of printing through the work of Greek and foreign artists.

The imprinting of an original piece of art allows the creator to reproduce copies and can be done through different techniques. The initial creation constitutes the base for a matrix – a printing plate, or a digitally processed preliminary draft. In the first stages of printing, ink would be spread on the printing plate, and as a result the imprint of the artwork would appear on the paper or on some other surface chosen by the artist. Each printing copy resembles the other, but has in fact small differences that constitute its uniqueness.
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The first reproduction of artwork occurred in China thousands of years ago. The West became familiar with printmaking, after the creation of paper, during the 15th century. Communication in both the the western and eastern civilizations, was enhanced and enabled through the art of creating copies.

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Different types of printing and reproduction have developed through the years. A lot of artists combine two or more printing techniques to produce one final artwork. There is an enormous variety of methods and techniques when it comes to prints. The most famous of them are screen printing, etching, canvas printing, aluminum printing and finally 3d printing which has countless possibilities in its application.
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The pieces selected for the “Printed” group exhibition reflect a wide spectrum of artistic expression in the world of printmaking, as well as an experimental artistic approach. Those who will attend the opening will have the opportunity to examine the work of John Valyrakis, Dimitris Dallas, Giorgos Makrakis, Helen Maragkaki Xiromamou, Taxiarchis Mermiris, Paul Oz, while DJ Mr Z – Zois Chalkiopoulos will be on the decks. At the same time,  visitors can create their own silk screens with the precious help of Loupes Printing at 20:00 till 22:00.

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General Info

Opening: 21/02/2019 at 19:00

Duration: till 30 March 2019

Opening Hours:

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 10.00-19.00

Saturday: 12.00-16.00

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Mar
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Kanapes @ «9 ΕΝΝΕΑ» Cultural Space
Mar 29 @ 3:30 pm – Apr 20 @ 4:30 pm

“Kanapes” Artworks that enhance the sofa’s fabric

Group Show

KROMA / Kanapes

According to the book «Greek Art from A to Z» artworld purists don’t approve of artworks that «instead of posing hard questions to the viewer, enhance the sofa’s fabric».

Curator Alexandra Kollaros, also the author of the book, singles out 18 artists she admires for their artistic skill and invites them to create artworks inspired by this statement.
The group show is presented at «9 ΕΝΝΕΑ» Cultural Space, between 28 March – 20 April 2019.

The exhibition’s title, an inside joke, winks mischievously at the audience. What should one expect in this case upon hearing the words «Artworks that enhance the sofa’s fabric» then;
Artworks you want to live with. Artworks you can recognize as actual artworks upon seeing them. Also, the type of artworks mosr people gravitade towards, when not in posession of a PhD in Art History and a cultural foundation of their own. Could we maybe say «approachable» artworks? A large portion of art professionals detest this concept. They deem it debases the high calling of art, the ultimate mission of which is to pose hard questions and trouble the viewer. This is one way of looking at it. Another way is to recognise that art is supposed to express feelings and ideas and moreover convey them in an immediate, easy to apprehend way. Otherwise it is not art, it is something else. 

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Most of us view our personal space as our very own shelter. We spend a lot of time in it and are very selective about what makes part of our environment; we certainly seek items that express our character, complete our vision and “add” to the space – beauty mostly, whichever way we may individually conceive it. This obviously holds true in respect to the art we select.

The truth is that the average person is not interested in reading a 17-page manual to understand what an artwork is about. Nor does he want to ornate his wall with a roughened-up piece of transparent paper set in place with yellowed sticky tape, and when «the artworlk examines the effect of western capitalism on the psychology of the urban dweller» one remains thoroughly underwhelmed. One more thing: art is precious for many reasons – it moves us, it beautifies, inspires, broadens our horizons, opens up our heart. Where did all these qualities go?

With the above in mind, the exhibition does not present works that get the viewer thinking through allegedly rhetoric questions and hypothetical meta-comments. It presents aesthetically impactful works of art, artworks that stir up feelings or capture you with their unique character, works that may even put a smile on your face. Artworks that have a lot to say but don’t screamingly extort our attention – instead they have figured out the way to convey their meaning in direct ways. 

The artworks lean on the history of art throughout time, they draw from the past and the present, the ideas behind them are at times complex; they own the concept of the “concept”, but they are open to interpretation, without being attention-seeking or trying to enforce preset interpretations. The viewer is free to discover the works on his own and decide what he wants to take from this interaction. 

Ioli Xifara’s floral extravaganzas, the teddy-bear totems of Iakovos Volkov, Demetra Marouda’s atmospheric portrait-landscapes, Ismini Bonatsou’s «Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles» are some only of the works that invite the audience to build its own relationship with them.

The artists created these works with passion and deep knowledge of their trade and they present them to the audience to unravel their new life, through an open conversation without “terms & conditions”. The exhibition urges you to not be scared of art, to approach it and enjoy it. 

Art belongs to everyone. 

Featured artists: Ismini Bonatsou, Nikos Giavropoulos, Eleni Karadimou, Giannis Kardassis, Dina Koumpoulis, Yorgos Lintzeris, Demetra Marouda, Fotis Pehlivanidis, Kostas Spanakis, Maria Spyraki, Ariadne Strofylla, John Bicknell, Paraskevi, Shepard Fairey, John Valyrakis, Constantine Vraziotis, Iakovos Volkov (ΝΑR), Ioli Xifara

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Artworks that enhance the sofa’s fabric

#kanapes 

Location: «9 ΕΝΝΕΑ» Cultural Space, 9 Keas Str.Koliatsou Sq., Athens, GR 

Opening: Thursday 28 March 2019, 20:00

Duration: 29 March – 20 April 2019 

Visiting hours: Tuesday – Friday, 18:00 – 20:30, Saturday 12:00 – 15:30, or by appointment

Curated by: Alexandra Kollaros

Contact: info@artaz.gr

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