Efthimis Malafouris

EFTHIMIS MALAFOURIS
“Geometric routes”
Painting

Opening: Tuesday 10 May 2022, 12.00 – 22.00
Duration of exhibition: 10 May – 4 June 2022


Born in Athens in 1981.
From 2000 to 2003 he studied Graphic Design at Middlesex University, where he distinguished himself.
Under the guidance of professor and artist Vangelis Andreopoulos, he was admitted at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2004 where he studied painting, with professors Chronis Botsoglou and Tassos Christakis and sculpture, with professor Nikos Tranos. He successfully completed his studies and since then has been professionally involved in painting, graphic design, interior design, stage design, and book illustrations.
He taught painting at Vellios School of Art from 2012 to 2018.
Participations in group exhibitions and Art Fair: 2008 Technopolis in Gazi / 2009 Group exhibition at ASFA / 2010 12A art gallery, themed “100 Years Panathinaikos”. In the competition, he won the 2nd prize / 2010 Chryssiis Gallery / 2011 TITANIUM Gallery / 2017 MaLou Art Gallery / 2018 Art Athina with Peritechnon Karteris Art Gallery / 2019 “Modern human in time and space” Loriet Hotel Mytilene / 2020 Art Athina with Peritechnon Karteris Art Gallery / 2021 Art Athina with Peritechnon Karteris Art Gallery.
In February 2018, he had his first solo exhibition in Peritechnon Karteris Art Gallery.
In June 2019, he had a solo exhibition in C John Gallery in Mayfair, London, curated by the Art Historian Maria Migadi.

Lydia Andrioti

 

Lydia Andrioti (b.1982, Athens) attended the visual arts programme of École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris (ENSBA) in 2006 with an Erasmus scholarship and in 2009 she graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA). In 2012, she received an MFA in New Media from Pratt Institute (NY, USA). During her stay in the United States, she participated in group shows and got involved with the production of settings, costumes and new media installations for theatrical plays, performances and installations. She has worked for the restoration of the magnetic and TV installations of Nam June Paik for the collections of Guggenheim, MoMΑ, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan and Chase Bank. She has worked, among others, with two funding members of Judson Memorial Church (2013-2015), Phyllis Yampolsky on the research and the archival of her activist work regarding McCarren Park Pool for Lincoln Library and the Preservation Community of the city of New York, and Elaine Summers for her Kinetic Awareness and Skytime projects. Andrioti has participated in exhibitions in New York, Vienna, Paris, Ireland and Greece, such as [un]known destinations chapter III: reconnection —a second chance, Kypseli, Athens, 2019; +9, Athens, 2019; Des Knaben Wundernhorn (solo show), Sechsschimmel galerie, Vienna, Austria, 2019; The birds and the lightworkers backstage are working together (solo show), Gazi hall spaces, Athens, 2017; The fantastic journeys of energy, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, 2016; Antidote, Mykonos annex of the Athens School of Fine Arts, Mykonos Biennale, 2015; In Praise of chance and failure, Family Business, New York, USA, 2013; Crisis and Paganism, Mykonos Biennale, 2013; Intimate Space, Olympic Village, Vienna, Austria, 2011; Culture Industry, Folklore and Clichés, Vox, Athens, 2008; Gemine Muse, Crawford Μunicipal Museum, Cork, Ireland, 2005. Andrioti’s work explores representations of emotional places by unfolding visual vocabularies. She uses media incorporated within installations including actions, re-enactments, video projections, sound, drawings, collages, photographs, sculptures, ready-mades, and she often utilises the site-specific character of the presented pieces. Since 2009 she has been involved in curatorial projects. She lives and works in Greece.

Art Athina Virtual 2021

 

Art Athina Virtual 2021

PERITECHNON Karteris Art Gallery Participates from Tuesday 2 November 2021 at ART Athina Virtual 2021.
Along with the ART ATHINA (https://aavirtual.gr/viewing-roomis/peritechnon-karteris/) you will be able to visit the gallery and see the artworks.

 

Artists

Ifigeneia Avramopoulou
Lydia Andrioti
Lambros Vrettos
Yorgos Giotsas
Gerasimos Kanakis
Marianna Katsoulidi
Iliana Kyriakidou
Spyros Lytras
Efthimis Malafouris
Penny Monogiou
Miltos Papastergiou
Eleni Parmakeli
Panagiota Pitsiri
Irene Pouliasi

25+ ACROpolites in ‘21

 

Curator: Niki Papaspirou

The PERITECHNON KARTERIS Gallery and the group “25+ ACROpolites” are pleased to invite you to the group exhibition of visual and applied arts entitled “25+ ACROpolites in ’21“.

The exhibitions of the group are of particular interest thanks to their diversity and artistic pluralism. The specificity of the artistic means and materials outlines the unique artistic identity of each creator.

The participants of the exhibition are: Albertis Michalis, Theodoros Arfanis, Grigoris Vassileiou, Euridice Velalopoulou, Polyanna Vlati, Ioanna Vlachou, Marianna Voutsina, Thodoris Grekas, Athanasios Kalatzis, Andreas Kontonis, Ioannis Prodromos Kotsifakos, Dimitris Mastoropoulos, Penelope Mercouri, Leonidas Michalakos, Danai Nikolaidi-Kotsaki, Κostas Dallas, Panayota Pitsiri, Nicolas Sphicas, Angelos Sotiropoulos, Michalis Tzanoulinos, Antonis Triantafyllou, Vasilios Tsitsimbakos Athinaios, Antonis Chiotis (honorary participation), Dimitris Chourdakis

Milena Dimitrokallis

 

“ECHΩES” | Μιλένα Δημητροκάλλη

Την 10η ατομική έκθεση και εικαστική εγκατάσταση με τίτλο “ECHΩES” παρουσιάζει η Μιλένα Δημητροκάλλη στην Αθήνα, στη γκαλερί Περιτεχνών Καρτέρης, από 14 – 28 Μαΐου 2021.

Για τους περισσότερους καλλιτέχνες, η διαδικασία της δημιουργίας, το ταξίδι δηλαδή προς το τελικό αποτέλεσμα ενός έργου τέχνης, είναι πολύ σημαντική και έχει μεγάλη συναισθηματική αξία αφού περικλείει τον τρόπο στοχασμού και αποκαλύπτει τον ψυχικό τους κόσμο.  Πόσο μάλλον όταν η διαδικασία αυτή καταφέρει να αγγίξει την ψυχή του θεατή.
Αυτό ακριβώς επιθυμεί να δείξει η Μιλένα Δημητροκάλλη μέσω της έκθεσης ECHΩES.  Η ίδια γράφει: «Η έμπνευση για την εικαστική εγκατάσταση ECHΩES, προέκυψε σαν ιδέα αρκετά χρόνια πριν.  Χρησιμοποιώ τον όρο ηχώ μεταφορικά, σαν αφήγηση του χρονικού μιας δημιουργίας.  Όπως η αυτόματη γραφή στην ποίηση δεν είναι τυχαία παράθεση λέξεων, αλλά εκφράζει την εσωτερική αλήθεια του ποιητή, έτσι και το σκούπισμα του πινέλου με το ένα χρώμα δίπλα ή πάνω στο άλλο, είναι μια ασύνειδη ενέργεια, καθόλου τυχαία, του ζωγράφου, που μεταλλάσσεται αυτοστιγμεί σε σύνθεση ενός έργου τέχνης.  Είναι ένας αισθητικός συνδυασμός, που έχει τις ρίζες του στο βάθος της ψυχής του καλλιτέχνη και υπηρετεί, πιστά, τον προορισμό και την ουσία της τέχνης, δηλαδή το να γεννά συναισθήματα.  Νέες ζωγραφικές συνθέσεις γεννιούνται, ελεύθερες, χωρίς εμπόδια και περιορισμούς από κανόνες, και δρουν σαν παράλληλες ιστορίες, άρρηκτα δεμένες με το εκάστοτε τελικό εικαστικό αποτέλεσμα.  Μία σύνθεση, δηλαδή, γεννημένη από άλλες, σαν την ηχώ, τον αντίλαλο, της αφήγησης της ιστορίας τους.»
Την έκθεση προλογίζουν η Ήρα Παπαποστόλου, Κριτικός και Ιστορικός Τέχνης και ο Δημήτρης Πετάκος, Διδάκτωρ Ιστορίας των Επιστήμων ΕΚΠΑ.  Απόσπασμα του κειμένου Ανάσες Ελευθερίας της Ήρας Παπαποστόλου αναφέρει: «Δεν έχουν περάσει πολλά χρόνια από τότε που δεν πετιόταν σχεδόν τίποτα. Οι γυναίκες του παλιού καιρού ήξεραν πως ποτέ δεν πετάς ένα ρετάλι, κάποια μέρα θα σου χρειαστεί. Όπως θα χρειαστεί και το σκισμένο μεσοφόρι. Αν δεν παίρνει καρίκωμα, μπορεί να μετατραπεί σε κουρτινάκι. Τα παλιά ρούχα δεν τα πετούσαν σχεδόν ποτέ. Πέραν του ότι τα μπάλωναν, τα μεταποιούσαν ή τα χρησιμοποιούσαν για σκιάχτρα στα χωράφια ή τα έκοβαν κι έφτιαχναν ωραίες κουρελούδες. Οι παλιές γυναίκες δεν σπαταλούσαν. Το κάθετί μπορούσε να ξαναχρησιμοποιηθεί και να μετατραπεί σε κάποιο άλλο χρηστικό αντικείμενο. Και το τελικό αποτέλεσμα, το νέο αυτό αντικείμενο, είχε και την ιστορία του μιας και ήταν κάτι διαφορετικό στο παρελθόν.  Η ίδια λογική εμπεριέχεται και στην τελευταία δουλειά της Μιλένας Δημητροοκάλλη. Η ζωγράφος δεν πετάει τα πανιά όπου σκουπίζει τα πινέλα της και τις σπάτουλες. Αντίθετα, τα κρατάει και τα παρουσιάζει ως αυτόνομα έργα τέχνης που έχει το καθένα τη δική του ιστορία να διηγηθεί. Σε αυτήν την τελευταία της ενότητα έργων, όμως, φεύγει από την αυστηρή γραμμικότητα, που συνεπάγεται μιας εγκεφαλικής διαδικασίας, και δημιουργεί από μνήμης -σαν να προέρχονται κατευθείαν από την καρδιά- εικόνες που μοιάζουν με ηλιοβασιλέματα, ήρεμες θάλασσες και πολύχρωμες πόλεις σαν ιδωμένες από ψηλά.»
Ο Δημήτρης Πετάκος, στο κείμενό του Σκιές του Εαυτού και Θραύσματα της Δημουργίας, γράφει, μετάξύ άλλων, για την εικαστική εγκατάσταση ECHΩES: «Η ιστορία της δημιουργίας είναι η δική μας ιστορία, ένας ύμνος στη ζωή, μια ιστορία που έχει τη φιλοδοξία να κοιτάξει κατάματα τον φόβο του θανάτου. Οι ιστορίες που λέμε μέσα από την πορεία της – όποιας – δημιουργίας είναι ο εαυτός που επινοούμε. Και αυτή η επινόηση είναι διαρκής, χωρίς τέλος. Συρρικνώνει και διευρύνει αέναα τη θέση μας στον κόσμο. Αφαιρεί και προσθέτει νοήματα και πράξεις για τα οποία μπορεί και να μην έχουμε εποπτεία, παρά μόνο αν κρατήσουμε απόσταση από αυτά. Η Μιλένα Δημητροκάλλη ακινητοποίησε στιγμές από την ιστορία της δικής της δημιουργίας. Και δεν πρόκειται απλώς για τα παρασκήνια του καλλιτεχνικού της έργου. Πρόκειται για κάτι παραπάνω. Όλες οι στιγμές που έχουν ακινητοποιηθεί στο art installation είναι στιγμές μιας προσωπικής ιστορίας. Είναι σημεία από συγκεκριμένους χώρους και χρόνους, τα οποία λειτουργούν ως σημεία αναφοράς μιας διαρκούς παραβίασης του εαυτού. Νομίζω ότι με αυτό το art installation η δημιουργός κάνει κάτι πολύ σημαντικό. Παίρνει απόσταση από αυτά τα σημεία παραβίασης και επινόησης του εαυτού και τα μοιράζεται με τους θεατές..».

Η Μιλένα Δημητροκάλλη γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1971.  Από το 2011 ασχολείται συστηματικά με τη ζωγραφική, έχοντας παρουσιάσει τη δουλειά της σε εννέα ατομικές και πάνω από 80 ομαδικές εκθέσεις και art projects σε γκαλερί, μουσεία και διοργανώσεις σύγχρονης τέχνης στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό, όπως Αθήνα, Θεσσαλονίκη, Μύκονο, Πάρο, Σαντορίνη, Νάξο, Κύπρο, Νέα Υόρκη, Παρίσι, Ρώμη, Κοπεγχάγη, Βαρκελώνη, κ.α. Το 2013, τιμήθηκε με το πρώτο βραβείο στο διεθνή διαγωνισμό Τέχνης Mitteleuropa Prix International Art Prize από την Ufofabrik Contemporary Art Gallery στην Ιταλία.
Έργα της ανήκουν σε ιδιωτικές συλλογές ενώ έχουν εκτεθεί στο Μουσείο Τηλεπικοινωνιών του ΟΤΕ, στο Μουσείο Κοπελούζου και στο Carris Museum στη Λισαβόνα.  Ζει και εργάζεται στην Αθήνα.

 

ALEXANDRA MARATI

 

 

ALEXANDRA MARATI

“TRANSITS”

NOVEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 5 2020

painting – instalations

 

LIVES AND WORKS IN THESSALONIKI AND VIENNA.

2000 MA IN FINE ARTS AT UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS IN VIENNA
(UNIVERSITÄT FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST IN WIEN, PROF. CH. LUDWIG ATTERSEE).

LONG TERM RESIDENCIES: BUENOS AIRES – ARGENTINA, MADRID – SPAIN, ART RESIDENCE KEMIJÄRVI –LAPLAND– FINLAND, ISTANBUL, CANTABRIA – SPAIN, TAMPERE ART RESIDENCE – FINLAND.

SHE DEALT ALSO WITH SHOWROOM DECORATIONS, BOOK COVER DESIGN, TRANSLATED AUSTRIAN WRITERS INTO GREEK, 2007 FOUNDER OF ARTIS CAUSA GALLERY IN THESSALONIKI.

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020, GALERIE DALIKO – KREMS, AUSTRIA, OPENING SPEECH AND TEXT BY HARTWIG KNACK
  • 2019, PHANTASMA-GO-RIA, DONOPOULOS IFA GALLERY – THESSALONIKI, TEXT BY THOULI MISIRLOGLOU AND HARTWIG KNACK
  • 2017, EX-PLORATIONS, KAPLANON GALLERIES – ATHENS, TEXT BY CHRISTINA SOTIROPOULOU
  • 2016, ART SHOWROOMS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS OTE – THESSALONIKI
  • 2015, ARTIFACT GALLERY – NY, USA, TEXT BY THALEA STEFANIDOU
  • 2015, RITE OF SPRING, CHOROS 18 ART SPACE – THESSALONIKI
  • 2014, EPI-PHANIES, EXHIBITION WITH GIORGOS DIVARIS, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART – FLORINA, TEXT BY ANTHI ARGIRIOU
  • 2013, GARDENS AND MIRRORS, CHOROS 18 ART SPACE – THESSALONIKI, CURATOR THALEA STEFANIDOU
  • 2012, ORFEOS 20 GALLERY – XANTHI
  • 2012, PNOES, TECHNOHOROS GALLERY – ATHENS, TEXT BY LENA KOKKINI
  • 2012, PAPATZIKOU GALLERY – VERIA, CURATOR GIORGOS TSAKIRIS
  • 2009, ASPHYXIA, CHOBOT GALLERY – VIENNA, TEXT BY MARIA KENANIDOU, MANFRED CHOBOT
  • 2009, LA GUERRILLA OF THE ECOTYPES, ARTIS CAUSA GALLERY – THESSALONIKI, TEXTS BY SANIA PAPA, THODORIS MARKOGLOU
  • 2005, DIANA GALLERY – ATHENS, TEXT BY DOROTHEA KONTELETZIDOU
  • 2003, PARATIRITIS – THESSALONIKI
  • 2002, PARATIRITIS – THESSALONIKI, TEXT BY DOROTHEA KONTELETZIDOU
  • 2001, ZAMORA – ARTE- BUENOS AIRES, TEXT BY CESAR MAGRINI
  • 1999, DIAGONIOS – THESSALONIKI, CURATOR DOROTHEA KONTELETZIDOU

ART ATHINA VIRTUAL 2020

 

Art – Athina 2020

13 until 31 October 2020

PERITECHNON KARTERIS Art Gallery presents a group exhibition organized on the occasion of the online presentation of ART ATHINA 2020.
Yorgos Giotsas – Iliana Kyriakidou
Efthymis Malafouris – Irini Pouliassi

You can see the works at www.aavirtual.gr and at the same time in our physical space during the exhibition until October 31, 2020.

As part of Art Athina Virtual, Art Athina Week is organized, a week of activities for Greek art galleries that will last from October 13 to 20, during which the galleries will exhibit in their physical spaces the works that they will present online.

 

MARIANNA KATSOULIDI

MARIANNA KATSOULIDI

Beyond the realm of Ego / Not me possessions

Opening March 17, 2022

Duration March 17 – May 07, 2022

“All that I have got is what I have not” D.W. Winnicott
In the exhibition “Beyond the realm of Ego / Not me possessions” Marianna Katsoulidi, further to her previous art units, portrays work deeply personal and experiential, which seems to complete a circle of pondering over and negotiating universal issues. Relating comes to the fore through the depiction of toys, figurines, lifeless objects, most of which belong to the artist’s personal collection. M. Katsoulidi expands and explores, within limits of the canvas, the symbolic existence of Object-Toys, their relationships among them and their further course within the fictitious scope of Fantasy. Among the two-dimensional paintings, there is an installation of a mass of toys, which she created in 2009 and as she says, she goes back to, after years, to draw inspiration for new two-dimensional pictures, which are exhibited in this exhibition.
As if the heroes of her previous works have come of age, as if their relationships are tested, certain figures have remained, while for others this is a fare-well. New relations are established among the figures that characterize her work and are coated gradually with an environment that differentiates from her previous works. The pictures are embellished with the objects, the toys, the figurines establishing multiple relations among them. Even, the Eternal, this No –Land that characterized her previous works, seems to be structured with elements which create a wrapping inside which countless interactions of the objects occur.
“I seek the face I had had before the world was created” W.B.Yeats
The artist consciously selects to artistically invest in specific figures, while the others are more abstractive, as if half-finished. Some figures have clear features while others look insubstantial, corroded by memory, still waiting to be completed by the viewers who could establish their final characteristics, leaning on them, reflecting themselves.
The objects that dominate the artist’s work bear symbolisms and statements to such a degree that they are prisoners of their cultural scope.
Nevertheless, there is an inconsistency. On the one hand, they bear solid meanings (the dresses, the costumes, the uniforms). On the other hand, the way the faces and the expressions are depicted by the artist liberates them from any emotional burden. Their vague expressions impart an odd sense and they look immaterial. So, the viewers themselves are asked to color the objects according to their emotions and experiences, thus projecting all the aspects of their inner selves.
“The unpredictable element of the game, is due to the fact that it is always on the hypothetical line between Subjective and Objective perception” W. D. Winnicott
From one point of view, we would say that Marianna Katsoulidi reinvents the world of the past, of the symbolic toy of early childhood, inviting the viewer to fantasize illusorily the fulfillment of unfulfilled wishes through her paintings.
The objects release themselves from their original meaning, do not have the place of honor anymore, (everything becomes a matter of little significance). The signified distances from the signifier and dominates it. The artists herself as well as the viewers are able to build a “mythical Ego”, projected in the dominion of her work.
The choice of the title of the exhibition has clear reference points to the psychoanalytic method of W.D. Winnicott of transitional objects and phenomena. With the phrase “not me possessions” the basic but essential awareness of an object is expressed by the infant. This object is noticed for the first time as something different from itself.
Right there, in a transitional area between “inside” or “outside”, “Self” and the “Other” – all this is experienced as unfamiliar, strange, unknown- lies the beginning of a rather emotional relationship with the Object. It is the child’s first possession but at the same time no possession.
So, there is a paradox in this area of illusion of the intermediary experience between Self and Object which lies “beyond the realm of Ego”. The Self creates the object in the imagination, because it is needed, but the Object was there waiting to be used by the Subject. This inevitably leads the Object out of the area of the all-powerful control of the Subject, towards its recognition as an independent and autonomous entity.
Marianna Katsoulidi creates a microcosm in her works, starting with real objects charged with traces of childhood memories and the innocence of the past, shapes basically childish and youthful, lifeless objects that imitate the living, objects that breathe a sense of fragility and delicacy like their china counter-parts, thus creating a retro atmosphere that breathes nostalgia.
Objects from the past pose on the canvas, as if they are in a state of emotional pending, like a narrative inviting the viewer to emotionally invest in these objects. Looking at them one wonders what is happening, emotionally, to these objects, what is transpiring, what had happened before they became part of the works as a static depiction and what follows.
In the artist’s works, the objects look as if they have a life of their own, as if they belong to the world of otherness, of strangeness; yet, they seem as if they desire meeting the Other, as if they expect to be re-invented through the viewer’s day-dreaming. They seem to abandon their usable origin and through a mental shift they find their place in the sphere of symbolism. Quoting M.Milner’s words, “There is an eternal transformation of the object, which, at the same time, remains the same.”
M. Katsoulidi’s works are based on the sphere of transitional phenomena as an act of creation and concept. The heroes in her works already existed but they have been discovered by herself who now is inviting the viewer to meet them and invest in them, in a place where the objective meets reality in the borderline between Inside and Outside the Self and the Other, there, where the relationship is embodied and takes shape.

Isavella Kladaki
Art Theorist

LABROS VRETTOS

 

Beyond perspective

text by Dr Kostas Prapoglou

 

“The way I deal with my works reflects my perception of the world. Harmony – innovation – imagination is a triptych that expresses me and which I embrace in my life and my art”,

Lambros Vrettos.

 

PERITECHNON Karteris Gallery is pleased to present Beyond perspective // traversing across dimensions, the first solo exhibition of artist Lambros Vrettos in Athens featuring a series of medium size and large-scale works on canvas.

Exploring the boundaries of space, as these are defined through both the perception of reality and the way we process the shaping of objects and forms that surround us, the artist projects a personal take on the world we live in. Each of his canvasses embrace a narrative unfolding aspects and segments of diverse environments. These are a blend of building structures and impressions of landscapes, all meticulously executed corresponding to an intense and distinctive artistic vocabulary.

Vrettos’s keen interest in architecture and its elements brings to the fore notions of construction and deconstruction, simultaneously toying with the human hypostasis, its objective absence and its subjective presence. A ruinous condition of buildings frequently appears in his narrative yet their illustrational and stylised quality in tandem with the vivid colour palette activate a satisfying feeling of exploration and discovery. Roofless homes with missing walls, furniture items and empty swimming pools, floor patterns that sometimes extend beyond the expected limits, all become part of an unexpected manifestation of life itself.

Redolent of stage sets or imprints of building installations infused with an abstract simplicity as well as a sturdy effectivity, all works on view accentuate a mapping of human activity. His interiors have a peculiar connection with de Chirican parallels. The missing building parts on a par with the total human absence generate a surreal domain, which, in turn, promotes a sense of timeless anticipation, a sense that something undefined is about to happen.

Vrettos’s obsession with acrylic colours, their vividness and sharpness derive from his need to imitate computer quality imagery and high-resolution digital printing. It is an indirect comment on the rapid advancement of technology and its pivotal role in our lives. Working his canvas surface in immense detail, he engages in an ongoing dialogue with digital technology.

With indirect references to the aesthetics of the formulaic realism and the colour vibrancy of David Hockney, Frank Stella and Sol Lewitt, the refined landscape style of Alex Katz, Richard Hamilton’s structural arrangement and axiality of the canvas surface as well as Victor Vasarely’s op art paradigms, Vrettos develops his own personal visual repertoire. It is a journey of esoteric explorations embarking towards new ideals and imaginary worlds.

Context Art Miami

 

 

YORGOS GIOTSAS: Lift-off

text by Dr Kostas Prapoglou, curator

 

 

Galaxies, solar systems, extraterrestrial planets and the Earth are the source of inspiration for the new body of work of Greek artist Yorgos Giotsas presented by Peritechnon Karteris Gallery Athens on the occasion of this year’s Art Miami Context.

The story embarks from the ancient Classical Greek and Hellenistic astronomy, which, in conjunction with mathematics, first attempted to identify celestial motions based on the accuracy of Babylonian astronomers and influenced by iconic samples of written philosophical treatises such as those by Aristotle and Plato. The mythological aspect of the astronomy marks the beginning of a strong bond between the two, embracing the mapping of constellations observed from the northern hemisphere and the emergence of the zodiac circle. Planets received the names of the Greek gods and all myths found their narrational counterparts in star formations, clusters and nebulae.

Surveying elements of astrogeology –the geology of planetary entities– the artist soon obtained a fascination with a number of features such as rock formations and atmosphere imbalances directly affecting the characteristics of a surface. At the same time, the presence of smaller celestial bodies like asteroids, meteorites and comets, which traverse across our solar system releasing gases and creating visible tails as a result of solar radiation, were soon engaged as additional reference points in his visual repertoire.

The materials and mediums of Giotsas are alluringly diverse. Ranging from rice paper, textile and velvet to resins, acrylics, recycled plastic sheets, spray paint and glitter, the works on view synthesize enigmatic and perplexing domains. Sometimes more inviting and other times slightly more unsettling and uncanny, his heterogeneous landscapes resonate with multi-dimensional meanings and interpretations. Unconventional elements such as eyes taken from American cartoons and colorful feathers, interrupt the surface of his works rendering a fantasy and, undeniably, an out of the ordinary world.

Influenced by the music of David Bowie as well as Robert Rauschenberg’s photo collages and Bruce Nauman’s luminosity, I define the multiple surfaces of my works in such a way that they draw color, light and shadow from one another evoking of what a traveler gazes from the window of a spaceship, which pronounces the ultimate imprint of speed”, Giotsas explains when it comes to his modus operandi for this body of work. Clearly stimulated and electrified by post-war pop culture and more particularly the aesthetics of the 70s and 80s, he looks back on how space and the unknown affected people’s lives, especially through music and the arts.

As an aftershock of Cold War games and practices, people in the Western world developed a fascination and even a fixation on outer space, the universe and alien life. This never actually went away; it was carried over from one generation on to another. The concept remained the same yet it gradually developed side by side by the rapid technological advancements achieved by governmental agencies such as NASA, intergovernmental organizations such as the European Space Agency and private aerospace enterprises like SpaceX. At the same time, the internet made a vast amount of information easily accessible to everyone; from the Google Maps and Google Sky exploration of neighbouring planets to all available data from libraries across the earth, live streaming, podcasts and millions of websites.

Scratching the surface of what is really available today, Giotsas conveys his very own passion and obsession with the cosmos. He starts his own engines to depart on a personal journey that will allow him to fulfil the need to explore unknown landscapes in different imaginary habitats.

Light, transparency, shadows, darkness, electromagnetic radiation, gravitational forces and their effects are some of the main components in his awareness of the universe. The sky, the ground and its erosion by natural phenomena, the colors of northern lights and solar winds as well as uncountable other occurrences, mesmerized and captivated the artist.

The speed of technological evolution trying to reach, compete and exceed the speed of light is also within the immediate interests of Giotsas. In an age when natural resources decline, poverty levels and societal injustices rise steadily and the Earth’s climate is being challenged severely, governments seem to be paying more attention in exploring beyond the known boundaries of humanity by seeking new opportunities elsewhere.

The colonization of the moon and Mars appear somehow more important than helping our own planet to recover from all environmental disasters caused by us. Having all these facts embedded in his subconscious, Giotsas devises his own planets, surfaces and life forms sprinkling them with glitter and space dust-like pigments. Filtered through a romantic take on what space means to him he mediates his dream for a spaceflight, a flight that will soon be available for some and, perhaps, not far from now, we will be given the chance to decide whether we wish to carry on living on this planet or opt out and try another one.