Familiar are the people we know and love; is our family; is the core that evolves and grows with the familiar objects, the useful ones and the superfluous ones, the ones that people use up or put away. The welded pieces of a familiar reality, which, through the narration of their appearance, give a taste that aspires to the poetry of life. Their expressive activity lies in the swift memory, in the need to hoard things and faces that are familiar and dear, and can turn a person’s joy to a family virtue.
The familiar ones are the ones that liven up an ordinary chat with us, like a narration of the simple in the sense of the basic, where, even if the space was emptied, they would still be here to draw a tender emotion with the familiar tones of the chatting art; the one that the familiar people bear like they bear their children.
The exhibition presents works by:
Alexis Akrithakis, Spyros Vasileiou, Yannis Gaitis, Agis Zita, Vlassis Kaniaris, Stella Kapezanou, Giorgos Lappas, Giorgos Mavroidis, Kyriakos Mortarakos, Giorgos Bouzianis, Dimitris Mitaras, Spiridoula Politi, Costas Tsoclis, Yannis Tsarouchis, Thanos Tsigkos, Alekos Fassianos, Dimitris Chiotopoulos
Opening: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Exhibition duration: from November 14 to December 11, 2017
Monday to Friday 11:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:00
Address: 4 Kleomenous Street, Kolonaki
Tel/Fax: 210 7220231
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
Alexandros Psychoulis’ new solo exhibition opens on Friday, 1 December 2017, 19:00 – 22:00, at a.antonopoulou.art.
‘There are two ways in which you can view an enchanting landscape that you happen upon while on holiday’ Alexandros Psychoulis notes for his new solo exhibition ‘Cultivatable Ecstasy’.
‘The first way would be to perceive this landscape as a blessing, as a harmonious and peaceful coexistence of all things. The second, rational way, would be to view the landscape as the outcome of a multitude of violent conflicts in progress, from the molecular level to the hidden competitiveness among the living organisms and the traces wild weather phenomena have left behind. This second way is the way of the biologist, the geologist, the farmer, and occasionally of myself, when I descend to my garden on my flip-flops and swimsuit to weed, in other words to exterminate those wild plants that compete with my set gardening goals’.
Psychoulis structures his new work as a kind of notes by the tourist-gardener, the person who refuses to leave the city while at the same time immerses himself in the ‘vulgar’ charm of gardening in order to get the experience that renders city life bearable.
Engravings on dried ink -a kind of digging on painted Plexiglass- and transcendental tools made of olive wood that the artist collects during his walks comprise Psychoulis’ new work. Most of the artistic work took place outdoors using sparse primitive tools and then the works were transferred to a robotics lab for the finishing touches.
The narrative is structured in chapters following the process of tending a garden and can be read by the spectator circularly: clearing the soil, plowing, planting, watering, digging, pruning, harvesting, clearing the soil.
Friday, 1 December 2017, 19:00-22:00
December 2, 2017 – January 20, 2018
Wed-Fri 2-8 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m.
Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent… – «Την μεν ζωγραφίαν ποίησιν σιωπώσαν…»
| Art Group Painting Exhibition |
For the first time Blank Wall Gallery, Fokionos Negri str.55, Kipseli, Athens, known for the exceptional photography exhibitions which presents, will host in its art space from 1st till 23rd of December the Art group painting exhibition “Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent…” – «Την μεν ζωγραφίαν ποίησιν σιωπώσαν…» in which 43 modern Greek painters will participate. The exhibition is curated by art historians Evaggelia Kairaki and Maria Moscha Karatzoglou, whereas the responsibility for the concept, the management and the communication of the exhibition is on Dimitris Lazarou.
The title of the exhibition is an extract from the well-known anthology of ancient Greek lyricist Simonidis of Kea, “Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent and Poetry (creation) is painting that is speaking” – «Την μεν ζωγραφίαν ποίησιν σιωπώσαν, την δε ποίησιν ζωγραφίαν λαλούσαν» and was chosen as its theme, because for the first time Blank Wall Gallery will host in its art space an art painting exhibition. According to the ancient saying, painting is a poetry (creation) that is silent, meaning that the observer of the painting receives the message of the act based on their own individual criteria, their personal experience and knowledge. For this reason, all the art works will be untitled, allowing the visitor to observe, draw their own conclusions and free their feelings without being bound from the art work’s titles.
The art historians Evaggelia Kairaki and Maria Moscha Karatzoglou note:
“Beyond any systematic attempt to combine poetry with painting we must say that poetry is either way gushing from painting and art in general. Speech mobilizes the viewer and the audience, from spec of feelings thoughts, memories, accordance but also disagreements. As GOHETE used to say “I am determined to live in entirety, benevolence and beauty”. Also in one tablet from Simonidis of Kea which has been rescued intact with its distinctive Ionian dialect: τίς γάρ αδονάς άτερ θνατών βίος ποθεινός ή ποία τυραννίς; τάς άτερ ουδέ θεών ζηλωτός αιών (Which human life and which authority is desirable without pleasure? Without it neither God’s life would be enviable). Having this in mind the work of art in conjunction with the intent to stimulate sensation and intellect, 43 artists project an imaginative artistic venue, where painting with the experience of seeing as language and expressive act is recruited to narrate – sometimes realistically others insinuatingly – to utter meanings, to release desires, to submerge into the aspects of human soul. Besides “doing is more innocent than acting “.
The visual artists who participate are:
George Androutsos // Antonis Antzoulidis // Elena Antoniou // Giannis Antonopoulos // Magda Apostolou // Maria Apostolou // Fani Vlantonopoulou // Anastasia Gkinaki // Tasos Dimos // Frini Dragatsi // Tania Drogossi // Ioanna T. // Leonidas Kampanakis // Evita Kanellou // Angela Karali // Vassilis Kontogeorgos // Panayiota Koroniou // Sofia Rose Kosmidou // Maria Ktistopoulou // Penny Konstantinou // Penny Manavi // Marikita Manolopoulou // Katerina Mavroleon // Niki Michailidou // Stavroula Michalopoulou // Vassiliki Bloukou // Anastasia Bolka // Sofia Boni // Angeliki Bobori // Fotini Othoneou // Eirini Pagoni // George Papadimitriou // Maria Pastra // Nadia Rapti // Katerina Rimpatsiou // Afrodite Sezenia // Konstantis Skantzis // Sofia Stavrou // Konstantinos Tzalalis // Yiannis Tzomakas // Kerassia Touliatou // Maria Fili // Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos
The exhibition is accompanied by a 24 pages catalogue.
Opening date: Friday 1st of December, 20:00 – 23:00
Duration: 1st till 23rd of December 2017
Concept, managing and communication: Dimitris Lazarou
Curators: Evaggelia Kairaki – Maria Moscha Karatzoglou
Spots and videos editor: Tasos Petsas
The instrumental composition “Angel of mine” which accompanies exhibition’s videos and spots is from the composer Tasos Petsas.
Translation in English: Leonidas Kampanakis
Blank Wall Gallery
Fokionos Negri str.55, Kipseli, Athens
Tel. +30 211 4052138
Mobile: +30 694 3868 124
Exhibition’s working hours:
Tuesday till Friday: 16:30 – 21:30
Saturday: 11:30 – 14:00
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine