Anorioton – Object of the Imagination
Varvara Roza Galleries presents the solo exhibition “Anorioton – Object of the Imagination” of
Charoula Nikolaidou and Christina Papaioannou at J/M Gallery, Notting Hill, London.
“The captive narratives and the boundless renderings are juxtaposed in an ability to reinforce
defined boundaries as well as openness in creative activity, as they grant the ability to create
new texts constantly. An inexhaustible wealth of playful scenarios are emergent: the “Object of
the Imagination,” the “Unlimited”, the “Anorioton”(greek word; an = non / orion = limit)”.
“In essence, the poet has one theme: his living body” ~ George Seferis, poet
Man’s inability to find identity in his primitive states drives the resulting impotence to discover
truths within hidden meanings. And so a shattered cosmic collage emerges where the human
existence plays in the deconstructed form of fractured bodies, in which tragically, the inability to
discover the coexisting bodies of his deep primal soul and present emerging actuality emerges.
In Charoula Nikolaidou’s and Christina Papaioannou’s painted worlds, the eroticism, the
inwardness and the ecstasy of existence are praised. According to Nancy, the scene is
adequately described in terms of the body: “The body is a scene. A meaning in action,” which
leads us to presume a performance of form empowers the narrative of the drama.
Where that which is being done is the extensibility and the ecstasy of “Being”. Alternatively it
could possibly be seen that the “Body – Scene,” is a primitive and elemental (if not archetypal)
In Christina’s Papaioannou painted world, we can distinguish the deconstruction of the bodies
and forms: decollage – fragmentation – detachment – intersection – displacement = scarification,
movement – time, dissolution, flow and re-synthesis. The visual surface is transformed into a
kind of atlas where each snapshot can be read as an independent narrative, while being part of
an integrated structure. We are at the perimeter and at the centre at the same time. The
contrasting colours, sometimes intense and conflicting, and sometimes soft and pastel, with the
dew and freshness of a modern perception in ideas of painting, transmits a musical air that
rightfully belongs to the future, since painting is not over and will never end. As D. Dimitriadis
says: “Anything that seeks its end can only find it where it is lost. In its beginning.”
Charoula Nikolaidou’s paintings, gestural and instinctive, are documented in a direct way.
Moving on a purely personal and experiential axis, where the perceptual element make obvious
differences. The lyrical flow of her lines encircles the vibrating bodies in continuous whirlpools.
The reprinting of the scriptures alternates into a frenzy trying to absorb the movement. They
overlap and repeat in a kind of self-regulating design. In this way the notion of time penetrates
deep into her work. Each line, every movement denotes time; a historical testimony of her act =
palimpsest. But what matters draw the project’s alignment with the improvisation? According to
G. P. Pephani; an improvised action excludes the existence of a plan that guides it, while the
plan involves minimising possible improvisational moves. But does the continuity of the project
come from the intersection of an improvisation?
Does any design, i.e. cohesive timing and coordinated action, ultimately require the
discontinuity, the cut and the rift? The relationship that develops between the pulsating forms
and the empty space is contradictory and complementary at the same time. The view of Ch.
Nikolaidou expresses the notion of silence, reminding the metaphysical landscapes of De
Opening: Monday 02 December 2019, at 11:00
Exhibition Duration: Monday 2nd December – Friday 20th December , 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:30, Sunday – Thursday
11:00 – 20:30, Friday – Saturday
Private Viewing: 8th and 12th of December, 18:00 – 21:00
Διεύθυνση: 230 Portobello Road, London W11 1LJ
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