DL Gallery presents on Friday 17 May 2019 the solo exhibition of Nikos Samaras titled « Mirage ».
Alexios Papazacharias and Giorgos Alexandros Samaras note:
” Nicos Samaras lives and works in Larissa. He studied Fine Arts in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Florence, Italy. Since the 1980s, video, installations and, above all, painting are the means the artist uses to produce works that negotiate history and creation as two interrelated events. History provides him with images, while creation with visuals. Living away from the two artistic “centres” of Greece, he was fortunate to observe the arts scene without rivalry.
The evolution of his work, bold and overturning, leads him again and again into painting as a permanent question and as a dynamic response. The series of paintings presented in the exhibition is a selection of works of the last two years. During this period, Nicos Samaras systematically studied the modern architecture and the enigmatic metaphysical painting of the first half of the last century. In his works, parts of modern architectures are reflected and replicated. It is patterns rather than landscape that emerge us a result, seen from a design point of view.
The color, however, free of repeatability limitations, points out again the features of depth and perspective. The colors of his palette are not totally marked as strongly apart from some non-repeating exceptions. Their placement in the composition is mainly based on tonicity and then through opposing or complementary combinations, ending seemingly unrelated to anything realistic. Different tones allow the pattern to regain the sense of depth and negotiate the space within a kaleidoscopic image that looks more organised than psychedelic “.
Nicos Samaras explains:
” In my work there is always the reference to space in its real dimension or as a scenario for the future. Mirage is the title of this new series of works, and at the same time the starting point, the condition starting from which the viewer is transported through a series of dynamic scenarios. At the same time, the bold use of perspective intended as optical distortion, the game of the inside with the outside, of the light with the shadow, the alternation of the empty spaces and solid shapes re-construct a three-dimensional space that simultaneously carries elements of the past and the future.
Floating environments are being developed into a new structure, that have both natural and unnatural features at the same time. The strong geometric elements extend as reference to the monolithic column used by S. Kubrick in Space Odyssey to raise the question of existence both for the man of the future as for his ancestors, giving a timeless dimension to this question.
In the Mirage series, the space opens in any direction, creating a three-dimensional dynamic structure, being dislodged of its shell reveals what is contained, bordering as bold as conciliating way time through a progressive process that gradually reveals itself “.
Opening: Friday, 17 May 2019 at 20:00
Duration: 17 May to 20 July 2019
Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 17:00
Thursday – Friday 12:00 – 19:00
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Platypus trail: Melbourne – Perth
Green Project in Australia:
Renewable energy sources, Biosphere stocks of UNESCO and Aborigines
“We are not owners of our world, we are part of it”
– Quote of Aborigines
The photographic report of a life experience.
Green Project organization presents, within the context of Athens Photo Festival 2019, from 5th of June until the 1st of September 2019, the original photographic material that managed to select during the special environmental journey that took place along the summer of 2019 in Australia, from Melbourne to Perth, celebrating the World Environment Day.
The exhibition reflects the coexistence, within the Biospheres of UNESCO, of the modern facilities of renewable energy sources (RES) and the traditional “environmental knowledge” of Aborigines.
Participants: John Anastasopoulos, Kostis Vardas, Santi Vergitsi, Valeria Kaltezioti, Kassiani Kaltezioti, Vasiliki Kasoumi, Aggelos Katsaggelos, Dimitris Paterakis, Iasonas Tavlas, John Tzortzis and Katerina Harterou
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 20:00
Exhibition Duration: 26th of June – 1st of September 2019
Exhibition Curator: Yannis Tzortzis RPS
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Address: 206 Peiraios Str., Athens 177 78
Tel.: +30 210 3418550
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Tender is the Night
The summer 2019 epilogue for Cube Gallery is the project Tender is the Night. The title of the art project is borrowed from the darkest, but at the same time the most real of Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novels, as it includes a lot of autobiographic details, with an alcoholic hero like the writer and a female character with mental issues, like his wife Zelda.
Many interesting elements are found in the writing, in the concept but also in the author’s stimulus. At some point of the book we read: Strange children should smile at each other and say, “Let’s play.”, a phrase which gives us the style and the mental state of its creator. It’s not, also a random fact, that the title comes from a poem of John Keats “Ode to A Nightingale”, as for Fitzgerald, Keats was not only his inspiration, but he used to write his novels with the copy of Keats by his side.
Among others, we can see that history ends up describing a whole generation, the lost generation of the Interwar period, through the glamorous pair of its protagonists. A story that is tender but at the same time tough, a world of a pernicious prosperity and a looted idealism. Ernest Hemingway closes the description of Tender Is the Night, with the phrase “The writing of Fitzgerald is so natural, just like the shape that is left on the dust by the wings of a butterfly”.”
Participating artists: Bleeps, Brendan Kelly, Nikos Vatopoulos, Anna Karatza, Vassilis Karakatsanis, Nikos Kryonidis, Sofia Kyriakou, Despina Konstantinou, Andreas Lyberatos, Alexandros Maganiotis, Eleanna Martinou, Ismini Bonatsou, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Vassiliki Pantazi, Gefso Papadaki, Xenofon Papaefthimiou, Sophia Paraskevopoulou, Constantinos Patsis, Voula Ferentinou.
Liana Zoza, the curator of the project Tender is the Night, writes:“Tender is the Night, is the swan song of Fitzgerald, who although, is considered one of the biggest writers of the 20th century and one of the most important representative of the American “Lost Generation”(term that is given to Gertrude Stein) with fellow travelers, like Ernest Hemingway, his novels can be count on the fingers of one hand. The man who declared: ”Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy”, he only show published four of his novels before he suddenly died at the age of 44 from cardiac arrest.
Opening: Friday 5 July 2019, 20.00
Duration: 5 July– 7 September 2019
Exhibition Opening hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00
Wednesday, Saturday 10.00 – 14.00
Sunday, Monday closed
Address: 39, Miaouli street. 26222, Patras, Greece
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