George Lazongas, George Lappas, Constantin Xenakis, Dimitris Chiotopoulos
The sense of trace emerging from pictures and the materiality of trace coming out of sculptural forms is the basic conversation web between the artworks of George Lazongas, George Lappas, Constantin Xenakis, and Dimitris Chiotopoulos.
On the one hand, painting being gestural and instinctive, determined and intellectual captures in a direct way the world of sentiments and the perceptions of philosophical concepts, like time. Painting embraces the use of materials, techniques and methods that explore contemporary ways of capturing based on the personal experience of each one.
On the other hand, sculpture generates traces or footprints on steady axes or axes out of natural limits, using materials like iron, fabric, color, and transmuting them to terms like life, time or death. Eventually, each one’s writing, as artistic methodology or as language, is captured giving emphasis to the materiality of trace.
According to George Lazongas “…traces have the features of a dormant materiality and imply the object that reproduces them.”
Opening: November 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
Duration of Exhibition: November 20, 2019 – January 10, 2020
Address: 4 Kleomenous Street, Kolonaki
Tel:(+30) 210 7220231
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
Where are the Lotus Eaters
Exhibition of Alexandros Maganiotis and Konstantinos Patsios
Where are the Lotus Eaters?
Through this unexpected question, Konstantinos Patsios and Alexandros Maganiotis present in an imaginative and subversive way, their answers, seeking the imperceptible lines that connect their work, related to the concept of memory and to references to myths, monuments and artworks of antiquity.
Konstantinos Patsios combines the art of collage with painting whilst maintaining a contemporary point of view, looking for new possibilities of representation and storytelling. His compositions raise existential and ontological questions, his references cover a wide range, whereas the use and exploitation of photographic archives are of pivotal and decisive importance to the artist. With a critical spirit, Patsios presents fragmentary images – ruins of a complex world – a world of contradictions and entrapments, of certainties and subversions – to the extension of the social and political reality, of ideologies and history, of the future and the present, of the personal to the collective experience, anticipating the participation and the complicity of the viewer, who must immerse deep into the work and trace all the connections which unify conceptually the images.
Konstantinos Patsios, The night of the pencils, Μixed media on canvas, 100×120, 2019
Alexandros Maganiotis’ compositions form, on the verge of the “normal”, the “paradox” and the “ambiguous”,imaginative, conceptual and aesthetic, collages in which the surrealistic spirit and catalytic humor are in dialogue with the concept of memory, of symbols, of history and the everyday life, the world of ancient myths and of the Homeric Odysseus. The unexpected meetings, the game of transformations, the projection of inner fears, fantasies and obsessions, trigger a different condition. At the same time, the investigation of the limits between image and speech/text, the interactive and mutual relationship between them is the source of his main reflection. The section with the words (one for each letter of the alphabet) and their images, where the heads of animals or plants rise from humans’ bodies, is indicative of his intentions towards the pre-mentioned direction, defining at the same time, an original alphabet of the adventure of life and life itself.
Alexandros Maganiotis, Νοone, Acrylics οn Semi Transparent Film, 205×150, 2015
Opening: Thursday, 05 December 2019, at 19:00
Duration: 05/12/2019 – 01/02/2020
Operating hours: Monday-Tuesday: 10:00-18:00
The Blender Gallery
Address: Zisimopoulou 4 – Glyfada 16673
Tel: (+30) 213 0280597
Les Fleurs du Mal
at the Project Gallery
The Project Gallery presents the group show entitled, Les Fleurs du Mal with 49 contemporary visual artists. The exhibition revolves around Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, not only one of the most innovative and modern literary works of its time, but also one of the most influential poetry collections in the history of world literature. Written (for the most part) in the 1840s, the book stirred up great controversy when it was first published, while several “immoral” poems were banned.
Baudelaire “portrays” a world in transition, where the elements of tragedy, pessimism and despair, misery and pain, coexisted with melancholy, lyricism and a romantic-mystical disposition; it was a world in which the material coexisted with the intellectual, negation and rejection of reality with the imposition of the imagination, a feeling of happiness with death and the threat of a menacing, overwhelming and lasting catastrophe, the masculine and emblematic presence of Satan with the Revolution against God, beauty with ugliness, light and exoticism with darkness and shadows, the intensity of sexual desire and attraction with the sensual paths of sin and lust;
this was a “damned”, degenerate but also immensely attractive world, an ambiguous and agitated world of passions and divisions, of torturous memories, indelible experiences and deep reflections, a world of escapism and abandonment, surrendered to alcohol, drugs and artificial paradises – the symbolic and riveting scene in a bewildering theater staging the adventures of life and existence, in direct analogy to fragile and complex emotional states and behaviors, in the course of revealing a cryptic message, of diving into and wandering through the unexplored and uncharted areas of the human psyche and condition.
With Les Fleurs du mal serving as both their starting and reference point, the works presented by the visual artists participating in this exhibition approach Baudelaire’s world not by depicting it, but rather by transliterating its power, intensity and fascination, in a way that is original and personal, suggestive and insightful, associating that world with contemporary realities.
Participating Artists: Angelos Antonopoulos, Annita Argyroiliopoulou, Giorgos Alexandridis, Andreas Vais, Vasilis Vasilakakis, Babis Venetopoulos, Ioulia Ventikou, Maria Vozali, Andreas Voussouras, Nikos Giavropoulos, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, Kornelios Grammenos, Vasilis Zografos, Antigoni Kavvatha, Nikoletta Katsamperi, Aris Katsilakis, Theofilos Katsipanos, Christos Kountouras, Despina Konstantinou, Nikos Lagos, Afroditi Liti, Alexandros Maganiotis, Thanos Makris, Dimitris Merantzas, Christina Mitrentse, Lina Bebi, Xenofon Bitsikas, Emmanouil Bitsakis, Nikolas Bliatkas, Vally Nomidou, Laura Dodson, Lysimachos P., Maria Panagiotou, Nikos Papadimitriou, Antonis Papadopoulos, KonstantinosPatsios, Natassa Poulantza, Vasilis Poulios, Ifigenia Sdoukou, Stefania Strouza, DimitrisTataris, Nikos Tranos, Theodora Tsiatsiou, Kostas Tsolis, Marios Fournaris, Kyriakos Chatzimichailidis, Pantelis Chandris, Yannis Psychopedis, Mantalina Psoma.
Curated: Alexandros Maganiotis, in collaboration with Yannis Bolis.
An Opening Party will be held on the 2nd floor of Couleur Locale with a DJ–set by Nikolas Gale.
Exhibition Duration: 14-12-2019 until 2-2-2020
Gallery Visiting Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 23:00
The Gallery will remain closed during Christmas holidays
25-26 /12/2019 , on the 31 /12/2019 the gallery will be open 12:00 – 19:00 and 1/1/2020 the gallery will be closed.
The Project Gallery
3, Normanou str. (inside the passage),
on the 1st floor of the all-day-bar, Couleur Locale building.