2 Vass. Alexandrou Av. and Michalakopoulou St.
116 34 - Athens (Behind the National Gallery)
John Valyrakis’ exhibition
On Thursday, 18 October at 19.30, the Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti Gallery will have the honor of presenting an exhibition by John Valyrakis on the artist’s favorite theme: the portrait.
The painter’s solo exhibition under the title “In between” consists of a series of newly presented works (acrylics on canvas). Each work exhibits the artist’s unique ability to retain a balance between detailed observation and the element of spontaneity. Through his abstract, yet revealing deconstruction of the form, his paintings are pulsating with emotion, color and vividness, always approaching his theme with directness, clarity and a sense of laxity.
This new project explores the relationship between form and colour, blurring any presupposed story or meaning, thus offering the viewer a freedom to create his/her own narrative which lingers between fantasy and reality. It is a narrative deeply affected by the power and honesty of a naked body and its emotionally revealing pose and expression which gives birth to a flowing impression, untouched by academic conventions. A narrative which – almost like music – is in itself a direct form of human expression.
Exhibiting an unpretentious and concise gentleness, J. Valyrakis ponders through his paintings upon ideas such as parting, loneliness and companionship, the need for togetherness and separation. His works introduce us to individuals dwelling in their private world as we, the viewers, are observe through a keyhole, violating that privacy. As J. Valyrakis himself has stated just a few days before his exhibition, it is as two-way game:
“The figures in my paintings seem to be amused at challenging the viewers regarding their gender identity. There is color, movement, light and in between there is a body without gender: The Human body…”
Manos Stefanidis, referring to John Valyrakis work, notes:
“John Valyrakis possesses a strong visual instinct, as well as the knowledge that allows him to keep pace with his times, and to express, quite convincingly, his generation. John paints for his pleasure and at the same time is interested in the pleasure of others. Maybe even in the pleasure of the people of tomorrow, since whatever important thing we do one moment, is bound to become history the next moment.
What I’m trying to say is that you can’t create paintings that are stimulating and provocative, and not self-absorbed and mummified through academic recipes, today, without taking into account cinema, graffiti, billboards and television or internet images. And if all this visual tension doesn’t acquire, legitimately and in time, the timeless seal of aesthetics of the language of painting…this ancient source of images.
In my opinion, painting today is the process of transforming the visual information, and even the visual kitsch, into a style of visual art, so that at times it will surprise, and at times it will attract, and which will renounce, with humour and vigour, the ever-looming petite bourgeoisie aesthetic. And that is exactly what John Valyrakis explores with his work”.
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About Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti:
Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti was established in 1983. It is known for its leading role in Silk Screen Printing development, as well as for inspiring some of the most significant exhibitions by predominant Greek artists. In 2017, Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti left its premises in Charilaou Trikoupi St., only to move in one of the most iconic districts of Athens: the Hilton area, behind the National Gallery of Greece. The company’s helm is now in the hands of Fanis Siantis’ children, Vassiliki and Theodoros. In addition to art exhibitions, Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti also organizes free educational programs for children, aspiring to acquaint young people with the arts. In May 2018, the gallery launched its first e-shop.
Opening: 18/10/2018 at 19.30
Duration: 18/10/2018 – 10/11/2018
Exhibition Opening Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti Gallery
Address: 2 Vass. Alexandrou Av. and Michalakopoulou Street 116 34 , Athens (Behind the National Gallery)
Tel: 210 7245432, 210 3648335
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