“flat drop fall flat”
11 October – 21 December 2019
Art historian Costas Ioannidis, assistant professor at the AFSA, notes: “The spaces created by Apostolos Karakatsanis. The soft folds of the third dimension which come from this well though-out process are accessible by the gaze more than the body. Yet his sfumato strangely combines with a mechanical sense exuded by these works. They cannot fit neatly into Clement Greenberg’s modernist theory of colour field painting.
A contributing factor is that despite the painter’s apparent obsession with demonstrating his full control over the painterly process, from the initial preparation to the final brush strikes, in some works he appears willing to include the concept of serendipity in his subjects. These are the works which produce optical oscillations and thus function like op art, which Greenberg never took seriously—just as op art never took Greenberg seriously.
It was too playful for him to accept it as high art, too natural (based on optical phenomena) to assume a Kantian self-critical role. Ultimately, these works have little to do with op art as well. The lines here lack the mechanical character of op art, being quite gestural and not perfect enough to stimulate the eye. It is the reflective practice that emerges here, belying once again our expectations and defying any official classifications and interpretations.
The painting of Apostolos Karakatsanis interests me because it demonstrates how the artistic practice can ultimately transcend any limits imposed by art theory and art criticism; it can do “either” or “both”. This is a key realisation, especially in our time. In-depth understanding cannot rely on crude dilemmas; it always rests on the subtle gradations” .
Apostolos Karakatsanis explains:” My work explores issues of image construction through visual reinterpretations of the theoretical principles of modernist art as they were posed in the writings of critics who examined it. The concept of the colour field, the relationship between musical frequencies and visual art or the debate around the concept of the minimal object as it emerged after the mid-1960s are the fields of research for my painting.
Part of this is my attempt to convey experientially the diffusion of light through the vague boundaries of colour fields, as well as my research into the effect of parallel lines and their densification on visual perception. I use optical tricks on the perception of volume and depth with the aim of triggering open readings of the image, by moving back and forth between the real and the imaginary, the specific and the abstract, the concrete and the deconstructed, and by juxtaposing a brash, dazzling light “.
Opening: Friday 11 October 2019 at 20:00
Duration: 11 October – 21 December 2019
Operating hours: Thursday – Friday 11:30 – 19:30
Saturday 12:00 – 16:00
Address: 55a Mesologgiou str., Piraeus 18545
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The Artist says for her work
«Recently I have become increasingly enchanted with transparency. Τhe way a veiled figure is almost spiritually transformed, the way plastic nets may trace facial contours or impose new contours–all these glimpses into secret worlds have charmed me. As in all my work, my aim here is to find beauty in the unexpected. With ‘Transparencies’, I have tried to capture the essence of those secret worlds and to express it in a deeply personal way.»
Maria Hajiandreou was born in Rethymnon, Crete. She studied at the Athens School of Fine Art form with scholarship funding from I.K.Y. (Arts Scholarship Foundation) between 1979 and 1984 in the workshops of D. Mytaras and P. Tetsis where she graduated with first degree honors. She has presented ten solo exhibitions – Artistic Centre ‘ΟRΑ’ (1988), Gallery APOPSI (1991), Gallery DIMITO Rethymnon (1991, 1993 and 2004), Gallery Milonoyannis Chania (1992), Gallery ‘7’ (1993, 2012,2017& 2019) and the Cretan Museum of Modern Art (2012). She has taken part in selective group exhibitions such as Art Athina (Athens, 2014, 2017,2019), ‘Ploes ΧΧ’ (Andros, 2014) και RE-culture III (Patras, 2014). Her works are to be found in private collections in Greece as well as in London, New York, Paris, Edinburgh, and Vienna.
Opening Day: Tuesday, 5th November at 20:00-22:00
Event Duration: Tuesday, 5th November – Saturday 30th November
Opening Hours: Wednesday, Saturday 11:00-15:00, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-14:00, 18:00-21:00
Address: Solonos 20 & Voukourestiou, Athens, Attica 106 71 Greece
Tel.: +30 210 36 12 050
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ART GROUP EXHIBITION
at the Foundation of Fine Arts Tsichritzis
Duration: 6 – 30 November 2019
The exhibition is curated by Art historian Olga Latousaki, while Dimitris Lazarou is responsible for the concept, organization and communication of the exhibition.
The exhibition has a message of support from the organization “TO HAMOGELO TOU PAIDIOU – The Smile of the Child“.
59 contemporary artists exhibit paintings, sculptures and photography, exposing VIOLENCE in the eyes of viewers.
Art historian Olga Latousaki states in her text for the exhibition:
“From school and work to the street and the fields, behind closed doors and into condemned human relations, violence puts its gloomy stamp on indefinitely marking optimism and innocence. It takes only a few moments for one to pass from the shore of joy and carelessness to the nightmare of fear and humiliation. Annihilation often accompanies victims for the rest of their lives, and few are the luminous exceptions of people who, with power and determination, are able to heal deep wounds completely, whether physical or psychological.
But what reason exists for an art exhibition to deal with violence by giving it weight and substance? The answer is that art can not only entertain and give delight, but also has the power to raise questions and awaken consciousness. So, by exposing works in space, we are not just creating an art exhibition but at the same time exposing, in the negative sense of the word, violence, literally illuminating all its dark sides. The exhibition’s 62 contemporary works of art are 62 thunderous voices against violence in all its forms, obvious or hidden behind doctrines and distorted ideas.
The spirit, then, against violence may be its greatest threat: a battle fought by artists, their work, and therefore by the everyday people who are motivated and take a clear position against it. The enormous power of anti-violence art can work accurately to the extinction of this mentality and make us truly believe in a world free from oppression and phobias, giving way to dreams and hope. ”
The participating artists are:
Christina Pancess, Christine Abou Negm, Kim Roberts, Lydia Z., Zaxaroula Bongard, Christina Angela, Athanasia Agorastidou, Nektarios Antonopoulos, Elena Arsenidou, Dimitris Asteriou, Liza Merlin Vassilatou, Niki Vassilopoulou, Evangelia Vekiaropoulou, Niki Gargalianou, Yiannis Yigourtakis, Sotiris Gioldasis, Kostis Daras, Vassiliki Dimitrakou, Alexandros Emmanouilidis, Ilia Liakakou Theofilidou, Manolis Kaloudas, Yiannis Kaminis, Maria Karageorgiou, Maria Karassavidou, Stella Katergiannaki, Christina Katergiannaki, George Kevrekidis, Georgia Kokkini, Iakovos Kollaros, Nina Kotamanidou, Mina Kouzouni, Marina Koutsospyrou, Angeliki Kostalou, Lina – Irakleia Thanou – Barba, Eleni Louki, Keli Mela, Niki Michailidou, Kostas Bardosas, Theodoros Brouskomatis, Maria Darla, Anastasios Nyfadopoulos, Othon Xenikoudakis, Olga Xithali, Sotiris Papagiannis, Christos Papagiannopoulos, Aspa Papalexandri, Eva Parsotaki, Yiannis Petrou, Fedra Ritoridou, Yro Roussi, Anastasia Zoi Souliotou, Maria Stamati, Madalena Tani, Georgia Touliatou, Dimitra Fakarou, Thomais Feka, Senti Haniadaki, Maria Harkoutsi
The exhibition is accompanied by a 32-page catalog, which is FREE!
On Saturday, November 30, the last day of the exhibition at 2 pm, a lecture for VIOLENCE will be organized by TO HAMOGELO TOU PAIDIOU (The smile of the child).
Concept – Organization – Contact: Dimitris Lazarou
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Curator: Olga Latousaki
Exhibition’s video and radio spot edited by: Tasos Petsas (Tasos P. Music)
The instrumental composition “Give High Love” that accompanies the exhibition’s video and radio spot is by creator Tasos Petsas.
Translations into English: Maria Sirri
Creative – Publishing: Sofia Papadopoulou
Exhibition opening: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Exhibition duration: 6 to 30 November 2019
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday – Monday closed
Foundation of Fine Arts Tsichritzis
Address: Kassaveti 18, 145 62 Kifissia
Tel.: (+30) 210 80 19 975
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine