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Η  έκθεση: ¨μ΄ ένα ποδήλατο … πετάω¨
τώρα και στην Δημοτική Πινακοθήκη Καρδίτσας
8 Απριλίου - 7 Μαίου 2016


Η Δημοτική Πινακοθήκη Καρδίτσας του Δημοτικού Οργανισμού Πολιτισμού & Αθλητισμού Καρδίτσας (Δ.Ο.Π.Α.Κ.) συμμετέχει στην 1η εβδομάδα ποδηλάτου που οργανώνει ο Δήμος Καρδίτσας. Στα πλαίσια των εκδηλώσεων αυτών θα παρουσιαστεί στην πινακοθήκη η έκθεση μ΄ ένα ποδήλατο … πετάω, η οποία είναι καρπός πρωτοβουλίας και εκθεσιακής συνύπαρξης των μελών της εικαστικής ομάδας greekartists.info.
Το ποδήλατο και η χρήση του αποτελούν τον κεντρικό θεματικό πυρήνα της έκθεσης. Αγαπητό ζωγραφικό μοτίβο -  μέσο μεταφοράς, παιχνιδιού, διασκέδασης και άθλησης. Πολύ συχνά πιστώνεται με νοσταλγία κι άλλοτε με την αχλή της σύγχρονης εναλλακτικής πρότασης. Παρελθόν και μέλλον. Γνώση και άποψη. Τέχνη και ζωή. Στην πόλη μας, την πόλη του ποδηλάτου, όλα αυτά θα συναντηθούν και θα συνυπάρξουν αρμονικά κι αβίαστα τον έναν σχεδόν μήνα (8. 4 - 7. 5. 2016) που η έκθεση αυτή θα φιλοξενηθεί στην Δημοτική Πινακοθήκη Καρδίτσας, δίνοντας την δυνατότητα στους φίλους της τέχνης, αλλά και στους φίλους του ποδηλάτου να την εξερευνήσουν.
Ο ομαδικός χαρακτήρας της έκθεσης προϋποθέτει κι εξασφαλίζει μία μεγάλη ποικιλία υλικών, τεχνικών, εκφραστικών διατυπώσεων και τεχνοτροπικών επιλογών. Οι καλλιτέχνες / καλλιτέχνιδες συχνά εκκινούν από την πραγματικότητα, τις μνήμες και τις βιωμένες εμπειρίες τους. Καταγράφουν εικόνες ή σκιαγραφούν τα ψυχολογικά αποτυπώματα αυτών. Άλλοτε μέσα από την τέχνη τους σχολιάζουν ή / και προσπαθούν να υπερβούν την γνώριμη καθημερινότητα και να ανατρέψουν τα πιεστικά της πλαίσια. Προτάσεις ονειρικής διαφυγής από μία τέχνη που εμπνέεται από την ζωή και που με την σειρά της επιστρέφει και προσπαθεί να παρέμβει κριτικά σε αυτήν.
Η εικαστική ομάδα greekartists.info αποτελείται από σύγχρονους έλληνες καλλιτέχνες / σύγχρονες ελληνίδες καλλιτέχνιδες που δημιούργησαν και διατηρούν τον διαδικτυακό τόπο: http://www.greekartists.info. Μέσα από αυτόν συντονίζουν την κοινή εκθεσιακή τους σύμπραξη, κρατώντας ταυτόχρονα έναν χαρακτήρα ανοιχτό σε καινούριες συμμετοχές. Συνεργασία, αυτενέργεια κι ομαδικός χαρακτήρας είναι οι βασικές αρχές και οι μοναδικοί περιορισμοί που δεσμεύουν κι ενώνουν τα μέλη της ομάδας.
Η έκθεση μ΄ ένα ποδήλατο … πετάω αποτέλεσε την πρώτη εκθεσιακή απόπειρα της ομάδας για να ακολουθήσουν μετά από αυτήν κι άλλες θεματικές εκθέσεις: παιχνίδια δίχως σύνορα, φύσεως ου-τοπία και το ελληνικό παιχνίδι στην τέχνη. Η έκθεση που τώρα κάνει στάση στην πόλη μας, πρωτοπαρουσιάστηκε στην Αθήνα (2013) και κατόπιν ταξίδεψε σε πολλές πόλεις και πινακοθήκες της Ελλάδας.

Στην έκθεση συμμετέχουν οι: Αντώνης Αθανασίου, Αχιλλέας Αϊβάζογλου, Ρένα Ανούση - Ηλία, Κωνσταντίνος Βαλαής, Νέλλη Γιαχανατζή, Ράνια Γριμάλδη - Κορομηλά, Νίκος Δεσεκόπουλος, Πέτρος Ζουμπουλάκης, Γιάννης Κολιός, Γρηγόρης Κότσαρης, Μιχάλης Κότσαρης, Δήμητρα Κουμαντάκη, Μαρία Κτιστοπούλου, Λιάνα Μελισσαράτου, Σύνη Παπαγιάννη, Θόδωρος Παπαγιάννης, Μιμή (Δήμητρα) Πετροπούλου - Δημητράκη, Τάσος Ράλλης και Βαρβάρα Σταϊνχάουερ - Παπαστεφανάκη.

εγκαίνια: Παρασκευή 8 Απριλίου 2016, 8:00μ.μ.
διάρκεια: 8. 4 - 7. 5. 2016
ώρες λειτουργίας: Τρίτη & Παρασκευή: 9π.μ. - 1μ.μ. & 6μ.μ. - 9μ.μ.
   Τετάρτη, Πέμπτη & Σάββατο: 8π.μ. - 2μ.μ.
   Κυριακή & Δευτέρα: κλειστά




Το Ελληνικό Παιχνίδι στην Τέχνη

22 Δεκεμβρίου 2015 - 21 Ιανουαρίου 2016
Χώρος Τέχνης Στοart KOΡΑΗ
Αθήνα


Μέσα από ένα παιχνίδι γραμμών, χρωμάτων, σχημάτων, μορφών θα σμίξουμε τις νοσταλγικές αναμνήσεις μας για να προσεγγίσουμε την παιδικότητα, την αθωότητα, την αυτονόητη κατάφαση στη χαρά της ζωής. Για όσα από τα σημερινά παιδιά δεν έπαιξαν και δεν παίζουν, κυνηγημένα από τις σύγχρονες Ερινύες, ας είναι το έργο μας ένας μικρός φόρος τιμής.
Οι ζωγράφοι, γλύπτες, χαράκτες και κεραμίστες της ομάδας σε συνεργασία  με την  Εθνική Ασφαλιστική  θα εκθέσουν τα έργα τους
στο Κέντρο Τέχνης της Εθνικής Ασφαλιστικής  Στοart  ΚΟΡΑΗ
στην Αθήνα , Κοραή 4 (εντός της στοάς)
 
Εγκαίνια  έκθεσης την Τρίτη  22 Δεκεμβρίου 2015
ώρα 18:30
Διάρκεια έκθεσης έως Πέμπτη 21 Ιανουαρίου 2016
 
Συμμετέχουν 29  εικαστικοί καλλιτέχνες:
 Αθανασίου  Αντώνης , Αϊβάζογλου Αχιλλέας, Αλτουνιάν Γκάγκικ , Ανούση - Ηλία Ρένα, Βαλαής  Κωνσταντίνος, Βαρνά Στέλλα, Γιαχανατζή Νέλλη, Γριμάλδη - Κορομηλά Ράνια , Δεσεκόπουλος Νίκος, Ζουμπουλάκης Πέτρος, Καμπάνης  Μάρκος, Καρακίτσος Κώστας, Καψιδάκης Γιάννης, Κολιός Γιάννης, Κότσαρης Μιχάλης, Κότσαρης Γρηγόρης, Κτιστοπούλου  Μαρία., Μελισσαράτου  Λιάνα
Μενδρινού  Άννα, Νάκου - Καψιδάκη Βασιλική, Ξενάκη Μαριάννα, Παπαγιάννη Σύνη, Παπαγιάννης Θόδωρος , Παπαζαφειρόπουλος Τάκης , Πετροπούλου - Δημητράκη Μιμή , Ράλλης Τάσος, Σαίτη Χαρά, Σταϊνχάουερ Βαρβάρα  και Χαροκόπου Τάσα





Φύσεως ου-τοπία

 25 Σεπτεμβρίου - 15 Οκτωβρίου 2015
Κέντρο Τεχνών του Δήμου Αθηναίων


      Εάν η πραγματικότητα αποτελεί την έκφραση της πεζότητας του εφικτού, υπάρχει ευτυχώς η ουτοπία για να δηλώσει την ποιητική του ανέφικτου. Οι “τολμητίες του ανυπόστατου” δημιουργούν ονειρικούς χωροχρόνους, για να αποδράσουν από τους αδυσώπητους νόμους μιας ζοφερής σύγχρονης πραγματικότητας και να οραματιστούν μια καινούργια πραγματικότητα. Ονειρεύονται μια ζωή μέσα σε μια άλλη ζωή, εξίσου απτή όσο και άυλη, που λειτουργεί σε παράλληλους χωροχρόνους, τέτοιους που μόνο ακολουθώντας τους δρόμους της τέχνης μπορεί κανείς να βιώσει.
      
        Μη τόπος ή ου τόπος; Είναι, άραγε, η ουτοπία αναζήτηση του ανέφικτου ή  επιβεβαίωση του εν δυνάμει εφικτού; Μήπως η ουτοπία αποτελεί άθελά της το alter ego της πραγματικότητας, την πνοή που δίνει ώθηση στο καινούργιο, το ιδανικό, το ενορατικό; Μια ατέρμονη συνδιαλλαγή μεταξύ του εφικτού και του επιδιωκόμενου, του “πρέπει” και του “θέλω”, ή αλλιώς η ανάγκη για μια καλύτερη, δίκαιη, ελεύθερη και ευτυχισμένη ζωή. “Η ευτυχία δεν είναι αποτέλεσμα λογικής αλλά φαντασίας”, έλεγε ο Κάντ. Η ίδια η φύση μας παρέχει το δικαίωμα στην ουτοπία, όπως εκφράστηκε μέσα από το Αρκαδικό ιδεώδες, που πρεσβεύει την αρμονική συνύπαρξη του ανθρώπου μέσα στο φυσικό περιβάλλον, ως χαμένο παράδεισο. Από την άλλη μεριά μια σκόπιμη ουτοπία ανασυγκρότησης ως μυθοπλασία μιας Ιδανικής Πολιτείας προτείνει την αντικατάσταση μιας επιβεβλημένης καθεστηκυίας τάξης και  υποδεικνύει βελτιώσεις του πραγματικού κόσμου.

       Η ουτοπική παρόρμηση δεν είναι παρά μια διαλεκτική εικονοποιία που συνεργάζεται με λανθάνουσες αρχετυπικές δυνάμεις στα βάθη της πραγματικότητας. Οι ουτοπίες είναι πραγματικότητες μέσα στο πραγματικό, σφαίρες αλληλένδετες και αλληλοεκχωρούμενες, ποθητοί τόποι που ήδη υπάρχουν, δημιουργημένοι από εμάς, τους “ιδανικούς κι ανάξιους εραστές” τους. Ουτοπία λοιπόν δεν είναι η  άρνηση αλλά  η υπέρβαση της πραγματικότητας. Είναι το δικαίωμα στη φυγή και στο όνειρο που διασπά την υφιστάμενη τάξη του είναι. Ωστόσο, η συνειδητοποίηση του ανύπαρκτου  εμπνέει και κινητοποιεί την  ανατροπής της κατεστημένης πραγματικότητας.

    “Είναι στον ορίζοντα...κάνω δυο βήματα, απομακρύνεται δυο βήματα. Κάνω δέκα βήματα και ο ορίζοντας τρέχει δέκα βήματα μακριά. Όσο και να περπατάω δε θα την φτάσω ποτέ. Τι χρησιμεύει τότε η ουτοπία; Σ' αυτό χρησιμεύει: στο να περπατάς.'” (Εδουάρδο Γκαλεάνο).

                                                                                                 
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Nature’s utopia
If reality constitutes the expression of the prosaism (dullness) of the feasible, thankfully, we have utopia to declare the poetics of the infeasible. The “daring men of the inexistent” create dreamy spacetimes, in order to escape from the relentless laws of a dismal contemporary reality and envisage a new reality. They dream of a new life within a different life, equally tangible and immaterial, that functions in parallel spacetimes that can be experienced only by following the paths of art.  
Is perhaps utopia a quest for the infeasible, or a confirmation of the potentially feasible? Does utopia unwillingly constitute the alter ego of reality, the breath that gives a boost to the new, the ideal, the intuitive? An endless transaction between the feasible and the pursued, of the “must” and the “want”, or otherwise, the need for a better, just, free and happy life. “Happiness is not the result of reason, but of imagination”, Kant said. The nature itself provides us with the right to utopia, as it was expressed through the Arcadian ideal, which advocates the harmonious symbiosis of man and the natural environment, that is seen as a lost paradise. On the other hand, a deliberate utopia of a fictional reconstruction of an Ideal Republic suggests the replacement of an imposed regimental class and indicates improvements of the real world.
The utopian impulse is nothing but a dialectic image-making that co-operates with latent archetypical powers in the depths of reality. Utopias are realities within the real, interconnected and mutually ceding spheres, desired places that already exist, created by us, their “ideal and unworthy lovers”. Thus, utopia is not the denial but the transgression of reality. It is the right to flight and dream that disrupts the existing order of being. Nevertheless, the consciousness of the inexistent inspires and motivates the overthrow of the established reality.
“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.” (Eduardo Galeano).



«Μ’ ένα ποδήλατο… πετάω»

8 - 30 Νοεμβρίου 2014
Στην  Πινακοθήκη Σύγχρονης Τέχνης Αιτωλοακαρνανίας
Χρήστου και Σοφίας Μοσχανδρέου
Ιερά Πόλις Μεσολογγίου



 Πτήσεις μιας ομάδας εικαστικών καλλιτεχνών

Παραφράζοντας γνωστή από τη δεκαετία του 1990 φράση καμπάνιας του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού σχετικής με άλματα/ταξίδια της παιδικής φαντασίας τα οποία συνεπάγεται η πνευματική ενασχόληση («Μ’ ένα βιβλίο… πετάω»), ομάδα σύγχρονων Ελλήνων εικαστικών καλλιτεχνών που διατηρεί ιστοσελίδα στο Διαδίκτυο (www.greekartists.info) επιχειρεί τις πρώτες πτήσεις της με τη διοργάνωση έκθεσης. Την πρωτοβουλία για την ίδρυση της ομάδας αυτής ζωγράφων, γλυπτών, χαρακτών, κεραμιστών, φωτογράφων και δημιουργών κοσμημάτων είχε η κεραμίστρια Νέλλη Γιαχανατζή, υπεύθυνη και για την ενημέρωση της ιστοσελίδας, κυριολεκτικά ψυχή της.
Σημείο θεματογραφικής αφετηρίας στην πρώτη έκθεση της ομάδας συνιστά το υποτιμημένο, αλλά και εκ νέου σήμερα, στον πολιτισμό του απρόσωπου και της ταχύτητας, εκτιμώμενο μέσο κίνησης, το ποδήλατο, μύθος των παλιών, χαμένων ανεπιστρεπτί, ημερών στην Ελλάδα του Μεταπολέμου. Ας μνημονευθεί εδώ η αξιοποίηση του εικονογραφικού μοτίβου τόσο από τον Αλέκο Φασιανό στην αναγνωρίσιμη ζωγραφική του όσο και από τον Βασίλη Καζάκο στην έγχρωμη χαρακτική του. Εξάλλου, η πρόσφατη, το 2011, μετάφραση στην ελληνική γλώσσα από τον Διονύση Παπαδουκάκη του βιβλίου του Γάλλου ανθρωπολόγου Marc Augé «Εγκώμιο του ποδηλάτου» συνέβαλε στην ανακάλυψη των αρετών του μέσου για την ουσιαστική επικοινωνία των ανθρώπων και για έναν καλύτερο κόσμο.   
Στην έκθεση συμμετέχουν οι εικαστικοί καλλιτέχνες Αντώνης Αθανασίου, Γκάγκικ Αλτουνιάν, Ρένα Ανούση-Ηλία, Κωνσταντίνος Βαλαής , Νέλλη Γιαχανατζή, Ράνια Γριμάλδη-Κορομηλά, Νίκος Δεσεκόπουλος, Πέτρος Ζουμπουλάκης, Γιάννης Καψιδάκης, Γιάννης Κολιός, Γρηγόρης Κότσαρης, Μιχάλης Κότσαρης, Δήμητρα Κουμαντάκη, Μαρία Κτιστοπούλου, Λιανα Μελισσαράτου, Βασιλική Νάκου-Καψιδάκη,  Σύνη Παπαγιάννη, Θόδωρος Παπαγιάννης, Μιμή (Δήμητρα) Πετροπούλου-Δημητράκη, Τάσος Ράλλης, Βαρβάρα Σταϊνχάουερ- Παπαστεφανάκη και ο Δημήτρης Τσιρογιάννης. Τα έργα τους ―ζωγραφικά, χαρακτικά, κεραμικά, κατασκευές― κινούνται με πλούτο φαντασίας σε ευρύ τόξο έκφρασης που παραπέμπει στο οικείο, και συνεπώς χαρακτηριστικό σε κάθε περίπτωση, ιδίωμά τους: από τη ρεαλιστική αφορμή έως τη σουρεαλιστική εικόνα και από τη δισδιάστατη επιφάνεια στην τρισδιάστατη κατασκευή. Φαίνεται λοιπόν να συνθέτουν τη δική τους μαγική μικροϊστορία, επαληθεύοντας τον εύστοχο ορισμό του Ανδρέα Εμπειρίκου: «Η ποίησις είναι ανάπτυξι στίλβοντος ποδηλάτου» («Ο πλόκαμος της Αλταμίρας», 1934-37: Ενδοχώρα, 1945).    

Δημήτρης Παυλόπουλος
Επίκουρος Καθηγητής Ιστορίας της Τέχνης
στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών  







"Flying... with a bike"

8-30 November 2014
At the Modern art's gallery of Etoloakarnania
Christos and Sophia Moschandreou
Holy City of Messologi Greece

 

A group of visual artists flying high


Paraphrasing a known phrase from a 1990s campaign of the Greek Ministry of Culture encouraging children to let their fantasy jump and travel by becoming mentally involved with literature ("Flying… with a book"), a group of modern visual artists that maintains an Internet site (www.greekartists.info) attempts their first flights by organizing exhibitions. The initiative for the establishment of this group of painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramists, photographers and jewelry makers belongs to the ceramist Nelly Giachanagi and who is also responsible for managing the website, which has become, literally, her very soul.

The initial theme of the first exhibition of the group is the unappreciated in the culture of faceless speed, but recently reinstated again today, bicycle, as a valuable transport medium,  this legend of old days, irrevocably lost days of Greece after the end of the Second World War. Let us mention here the development of the same theme both by Alekos Fassianos in his very characteristic paintings and by Vassilis Kazakos in his color engravings. Moreover, recently, in 2011, Dionysis Papadoukakis translated in Greek the book by the French anthropologist Marc Augé Eulogy of the bicycle which has contributed to the rediscovery of the virtues of this medium that promotes meaningful interaction between people and encourages the effort for a better world.

The artists who participate in this exhibition are Gagik Altunyan, Rena Anousi-Ilia, Anthony Athanassiou, Nikos Desekopoulos, Nelly Giachanagi, Rania Grimaldi-Koromila, Yiannis Kapsidakis, Yiannis Kolios, Grigoris Kotsaris, Michalis Kotsaris, Dimitra Koumantaki, Maria Ktistopoulou, Vasiliki Nakou-Kapsidaki,Liana Melissaratou, Syni Papagianni, Thodoros Papayannis, Mimi (Dimitra) Petropoulou-Dimitraki, Tasos Rallis, Barbara Steinhauer-Papastefanaki, Dimitrios Tsiroyiannis, Constantinos Valaes and Petros Zoumpoulakis. Their works ―paintings, prints, ceramics, constructions―  are moving with a wealth of imagination in a wide arc of expression that refers to the familiar, and therefore recognizable idiom of each case and, in particular: from the realistic opportunity to the surrealist vision and from the two-dimensional surface to the three-dimensional construction . Therefore it seem that they compose their own little magic story, thus, validating the so apt definition of Andreas Embirikos "Poetry is the evolvent of a shining bike" ("The braid of Altamira", 1934-1937: Endochora, 1945).


Dimitris Pavlopoulos
Assistant Professor in History of Art
University of Athens




¨When engraving meets sculpting¨

12 March -29 April 2014 Municipal gallery of Athens
3 May - 30 May Municipal gallery of Korinthos




The concept of the exhibition (Th. Papagiannis)

I liked Desekopoulos’ idea to organize a common exhibition, as he told me that he had created a collection of oversized human-figure woodcuts, inspired by the totemic sculptures I sculpted out of the burnt remnants of the Polytechnic School of Athens.
To confirm our collaboration, we decided to create something together and so did we. So, a sculptor and an engraver, having a common range of topics are going to present their work to the Athens Municipal Gallery. I believe it will be interesting in a different way.
The works I exhibit are of great importance for me, they are not just any works. They were created through hard work and commitment. They arose after a lot of thought, bitterness and pain I felt.
I gave them the name “My ghosts”. I worked for 20 years and I believe I won’t do it again, not because there will not be another fire to the Polytechnic School of Athens, I don’t believe it! In Greece, we’ve learned to burn down and destroy without being punished. We don’t even respect the symbols. As our teacher, Pantelis Prevelakis used to say, some people behave as if they don’t have deep roots in this country or as if they are conquerors, as someone else used to say. We don’t love our land, it seems we will live many more disasters.
In a recent text for the catalogue of my exhibition in the Benaki Museum, I wrote that I don't know from how far these forms come to me. I can't tell what they express exactly; if they are gods or demons, if they are figures of legend or heroes of history, folk fighters or intellectuals, national benefactors or teachers of our nation, specters of the mind or nightmares. It is possible that they may be part of all that. Might they perhaps be our ancestors, those who kept our nation upright emerging in chorus, menacing, infuriated, humiliated, burnt down, demanding explanations about the sorry state of this land? I don't know the answer, fellow countrymen, though in final analysis, how significant is it to explain?
 May all of you perceive what you please in this spectacle.

The concept of the exhibition ( N. Dessekopoulos )

The experience of this exhibition started almost four years ago. After other thematic sections, human figure was the new subject in my engraving career. At the same time, in 2010, in a group exhibition, Theodoros Parayiannis was taking part with his imposing as well as identifiable sculptures from the collection “My ghosts”. As I was watching them, I felt for a moment as if engraving patterns and compositions were emerging, in large woodcuts. The clear outline, the plurality of the materials that forms line elements and interesting matières, were a challenge to be studied.
After a few days, I contacted him and asked him to allow me to “translate” his figures from “sculptures” into “engravings”. With the breathtaking modesty that characterizes the artists who have a standalone course and a clear, far prospect, he agreed at once. After some drawings, the adventure of the engraving began…
The engravings followed one after the other and were organized in sections, triptychs. Through the game of the drawing and the wooden surface with the engraving tools, solutions had been found in every composition and pattern, with black and white, the lights and the shadow.
The involvement with the engraving techniques requires the profound knowledge of the drawing, light, shadow and colour. Only this way the artist can improvise with and choose the material, dealing successfully with any difficulties and reactions the material may have. That’s why I believe this is what happens with jazz, where improvisation requires excellent knowledge of music values and goes “one step beyond”.
“If you have nothing to say, you’d better remain silent”
Daring as it seems, through this approach, I realized that in a brief, historical retrospect of sculpture (Cycladic idols, sculptures of Phidias, Michelangelo, Rodin, Henry Moore), the figures of Papayiannis is a clearly personal suggestion, free of influences.
This encounter opened new paths to my artistic development. As the mystic sense of the figures went on day by day, work by work, I felt I didn’t want to confine myself in an endless repetition and I wanted to try myself studying other very important artists and works. None of the original works had ever been depicted through the woodcut technique and the black and white motive. So, until now, 24 authentic engravings “have been born”. They are standalone compositions, in slanted wood, on a seamless surface sized 1.70x50 cm. and they form a group of woodcuts. It’s an effort in progress; it changes forms and goes on. This effort is presented before your eyes.

A  few  words  for  EXHIBITION  “When engraving meets sculpting”.
Nikos Dessekopoulos’ and Theodoros Papayiannis’ exhibition is as innovative as its title states: “When engraving meets sculpting”, as an important Greek engraver is inspired by the work of a distinctive sculptor in Greece and abroad. The outcome is a series of monumental sculptures and engravings that are presented in a common space. This co-existence, as well as unique approach, will give the visitors the opportunity to “touch” the art of engraving and the art of sculpting through an open interaction, a different visual approach of the relation of the two arts. On this difficult moment, the figures of the works refer to archetypes and historical memory, capable of communicating with each visitor. As Theodoros Papayiannis says to his note, “Though in final analysis, how significant is it to explain? May all of you perceive what you please in this spectacle.”

Nelly G. Papahela
Vice Mayor
President of the Athens Municipal Organization of Culture, Sports and Youth



In Art, it happens sometimes an artist to be inspired by the work of another artist. It’s very few, though, the times when a great engraver wants to “translate” the sculptures of a distinctive sculptor and the outcome of such a mixture and interaction to be presented in a common exhibition.
The totemic figures by Theodoros Papayiannis, made of the burnt remnants of the Polytechnic School of Athens, “My ghosts” as he calls them, inspire Nikos Dessekopoulos and the transformation from one form of art to another begins. The game with black and white on the wooden surface, rendered in an excellent way the matières of the various materials, forming genuine engravings in an impressive size.
As Dessekopoulos has written “the minute you think you have finished a course, a new route has already opened…”. The outcome is an intriguing visual art interaction, open to a new aspect on the relation between engraving and sculpting.
The conclusion of the pictorial interaction “is written” by the creation of a common work. An engraving designed by Papayiannis and engraved by Dessekopoulos.
Papayiannis’ commanding figures are arranged as if they are about to perform a symphony concert, imprinted on Dessekopoulos’ sheet music.

Kalli Petrohelou   , Curator of the Municipal Gallery


"Flying... with a bike"
A group of visual artists flying high to Arta town

''Yannis Moralis''
Municipal gallery of Arta
7 March to 31 May 2014


Paraphrasing a known phrase from a 1990s campaign of the Greek Ministry of Culture encouraging children to let their fantasy jump and travel by becoming mentally involved with literature ("Flying… with a book"), a group of modern visual artists that maintains an Internet site (www.greekartists.info) attempts their first flights by organizing exhibitions. The initiative for the establishment of this group of painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramists, photographers and jewelry makers belongs to the ceramist Nelly Giachanagi and who is also responsible for managing the website, which has become, literally, her very soul.

The initial theme of the first exhibition of the group is the unappreciated in the culture of faceless speed, but recently reinstated again today, bicycle, as a valuable transport medium,  this legend of old days, irrevocably lost days of Greece after the end of the Second World War. Let us mention here the development of the same theme both by Alekos Fassianos in his very characteristic paintings and by Vassilis Kazakos in his color engravings. Moreover, recently, in 2011, Dionysis Papadoukakis translated in Greek the book by the French anthropologist Marc Augé Eulogy of the bicycle which has contributed to the rediscovery of the virtues of this medium that promotes meaningful interaction between people and encourages the effort for a better world.

The artists who participate in this exhibition are Gagik Altunyan, Rena Anousi-Ilia, Anthony Athanassiou, Nikos Dessekopoulos, Nelly Giachanagi, Rania Grimaldi-Koromila, Yiannis Kapsidakis, Yiannis Kolios,  Grigoris Kotsaris, Michalis Kotsaris, Dimitra Koumantaki, Maria Ktistopoulou, Vasiliki Nakou-Kapsidaki, Liana Melissaratou,  Syni Papagianni, Thodoros Papayannis, Mimi (Dimitra) Petropoulou-Dimitraki, Tasos Rallis, Barbara Steinhauer-Papastefanaki, Dimitrios Tsiroyiannis, Constantinos Valaes and Petros Zoumboulakis. Their works ―paintings, prints, ceramics, constructions―  are moving with a wealth of imagination in a wide arc of expression that refers to the familiar, and therefore recognizable idiom of each case and, in particular: from the realistic opportunity to the surrealist vision and from the two-dimensional surface to the three-dimensional construction . Therefore it seem that they compose their own little magic story, thus, validating the so apt definition of Andreas Embirikos "Poetry is the evolvent of a shining bike" ("The braid of Altamira", 1934-1937: Endochora, 1945).


Dimitris Pavlopoulos
Assistant Professor in History of Art
University of Athens





TOYS WITHOUT FRONTIERS

The visual arts group greekartists.info, continuing its cooperation with the Agency of Culture, Sports and Youth of the the Athens Municipality, is participating in the presentations belonging to the Athens Municipality theme “Child and Play in Life and Art” with the exhibition :




                                           “ Toys without frontiers”



The exhibition is hosted at the Arts Centre of the Athens Municipality at the Parko Eleftherias.

(Vasilisis Sofias Ave., Tel. 210 7224028,

Open : Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday 10:00 – 14:00)




Opening of the exhibition

Thursday,  January 9th, 19:30 hours                 

Open till Thursday,  January 23rd,  2014


 

24 visual artists who live and work in Greece, show their artworks  under the title theme. These artists are:

Altounyan Gagik, Anoussi - Ilia Rena, Athanassiou Anthony, Dessekopoulos Nikos, Fotopoulou Penelope,  Giachanagi Nelly, Grimaldi - Koromila Rania,  Kampanis Markos, Kolios Yannis, Kotsaris Gregory, Kotsaris Michalis, Koumantaki Dimitra, Ktistopoulou Maria, Melissaratou Liana, Mendrinou Anna, Papagiannis Theodoros, Papagianni Syni, Petropoulou - Dimitraki Mimi, Rallis Tassos, Steinhauer-Papastefanaki Barbara, Tsiroyiannis Dimitrios, Vakali - Syrogiannopoulou Filomila,  Xenaki Marianna and Zavitsanou Anni.





"Flying... with a bike"

A group of visual artists flying high

17-30 September 2013  Coltural Center "Melina"

Heraklidon 66 & Thessalonikis Thissio   Athens



Paraphrasing a known phrase from a 1990s campaign of the Greek Ministry of Culture encouraging children to let their fantasy jump and travel by becoming mentally involved with literature ("Flying… with a book"), a group of modern visual artists that maintains an Internet site (www.greekartists.info) attempts their first flights by organizing exhibitions. The initiative for the establishment of this group of painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramists, photographers and jewelry makers belongs to the ceramist Nelly Giachanagi and who is also responsible for managing the website, which has become, literally, her very soul.


The initial theme of the first exhibition of the group is the unappreciated in the culture of faceless speed, but recently reinstated again today, bicycle, as a valuable transport medium,  this legend of old days, irrevocably lost days of Greece after the end of the Second World War. Let us mention here the development of the same theme both by Alekos Fassianos in his very characteristic paintings and by Vassilis Kazakos in his color engravings. Moreover, recently, in 2011, Dionysis Papadoukakis translated in Greek the book by the French anthropologist Marc Augé Eulogy of the bicycle which has contributed to the rediscovery of the virtues of this medium that promotes meaningful interaction between people and encourages the effort for a better world.


The artists who participate in this exhibition are Rena Anousi-Ilia, Florence Christaki, Nikos Desekopoulos, Nelly Giachanagi, Rania Grimaldi-Koromila, Yiannis Kapsidakis, Grigoris Kotsaris, Michalis Kotsaris, Dimitra Koumantaki, Vasiliki Nakou-Kapsidaki, Syni Papagianni, Thodoros Papayannis, Mimi (Dimitra) Petropoulou-Dimitraki, Tasos Rallis and Magda Vamvatira. Their works ―paintings, prints, ceramics, constructions―  are moving with a wealth of imagination in a wide arc of expression that refers to the familiar, and therefore recognizable idiom of each case and, in particular: from the realistic opportunity to the surrealist vision and from the two-dimensional surface to the three-dimensional construction . Therefore it seem that they compose their own little magic story, thus, validating the so apt definition of Andreas Embirikos "Poetry is the evolvent of a shining bike" ("The braid of Altamira", 1934-1937: Endochora, 1945).



Dimitris Pavlopoulos
Assistant Professor in History of Art
University of Athens








MUNICIPAL ENGRAVINGS GALLERY OF ZITSA

6+1 Greek engravers in Zitsa




One of the most important cultural events  at the Municipal Gallery of Engraving of Zitsa will take place from August 21 to August 24from 10 am to 1 pm and from  6 pm to 9 pm. The event will present six acclaimed Greek engravers.



The participating artists are Rena Anousi-Elia, , Nikos Desekopoulos , John Kapsidakis , John Kolios, Rania  Grimaldi-Koromila and Roubina Sarelakou-Rokou who will design, draw, prepare and print on the spot genuine engravings, of which a number of prints will remain the Gallery and some prints will be made available to visitors.

Guests will have the opportunity to watch the engravers at work, to exchange ideas and to see the whole progress of original engraving projects.



As part of the Symposium, on Wednesday, August 21 at 8:30 pm,  the book "Printmaking-Graphic Arts" by Dimitris Pavlopoulos, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Athens, will be presented.

On Thursday the 22nd and on Friday, August 23rd, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm,  an educational program for children will take place.






SYNI PAPAYANNIS
"Athens and its countryside, then and now"
March - April 2013


The Museum of the City of Athens-Vouros-Eftaxias Foundation has organised the exhibition of
 Ms. Syni Papayannis on the theme "Athens and its countryside, then and now."

The exhibition will run from 6th March until 14th April, 2013. It centres on the natural and
urbanized environment of Athens by depicting the Attica scenery, the old neighbourhoods and
 the high-rises, examples of modernism.
Syni maints the Attica landscape paying due respect to the shapes of the treeless, bare hills
of yellowed grass or the leafy patio of a humble house in the suburbs of the capital.

She uses simple materials. Oil, wood and acrylics.

The colours are warm and earthy like the Attica summer sun or both strong and soft as in the
green in the foliage of the trees and the emerald of the sea sparkling under the   capital sky.


Mary Schina  ‘Sparkling Dark’
 Printmaking Exhibition
Duration of exhibition: 4  April – 20 April 2013
SKOUFA GALLERY 4 Skoufa St. Kolonaki, 10673 Athens
210-3643025, 210-3603541

The exhibition will present recent artworks created by the artist which display an altered perception of light and nature.  Her aesthetic interests so far focused on displaying the qualities of light through colour, whereas in her recent works light is presented in black and white engravings.  As Eirini Orati notes: …“Schina has added another stage to the printmaking process by choosing to use aquatint to process her own black and white digital photographs that were all taken in summer near the sea, at night and under a full moon.

This different method of treating the photos confronts her with two challenges. First she must now work with the impressions created by light without the intervention of colour, with which she has worked almost exclusively in recent decades. Second, by selecting black and white photography, she returns to the primary imperative of engraving which is the relationship between white and black.”  ...

It is especially interesting the relationship between photography and print making that Mary Schina seeks to explore in her most recent work. As she mentions herself about her work:  ‘Cameras and photography entered the field of artistic expression- especially in printmaking - during the first quarter of the 20th century. It was an era when visual artists were searching for ways and investigating  means  of improving the clarity of their expression. Since then photography – which can now register a rare and swift phenomenon, and record its fleeting and random changes, even the movement of light, for the artist to catch – has provided man with testimony to the visual “truth” of life’s external reality through time. When artists, according to their needs, succeed in transferring these phenomena to a copper plate, through photoetching – which is a try on, not as simple as it sounds – unique artistic results can, eventually, be achieved.    So today,  its almost magic ability to record and enhance a swiftly moving visual image has made photography an essential tool in the practice of art. Through the use of aquatint and oxidation on a copper plate, a magic marvel, in black and its many tones of gray, can be achieved and used, increasing thus the potential for a variety of results in art composition and expression.’

 


"Etches Spring in Arta"
22nd  of March until 25th of May 2013


Group exhibition of printmaking  in Municipal gallery  of Arta

Participating artists:

Canuto Kallan
Achimastou Fani
Garavela Vasiliki
Dionyssopoulou Elizabeth
Zavitsanou Anny
Kleves Krisiko
Kontonis Andreas
Livanou Sofia
Pallis Giorgos
Petalas Miltiadis
Tsiroyannis Dimitrios
Chatziri Anastasia




"SYNISTIMI"


DIMITRA KOUMANTAKI - MARINA MARAVELAKI



 INSTALATIONS  -    ENGRAVINGS

October 4 till October 20, 2012
Monday to Friday 17:00 -21:00
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Opening on Thursday 4th of October 2012 at 19:30
At the Association of Greek archaeologists's building
136, Hermou str. at Thission
Athens
tel. +302103252214


The Idea for this exhibition was inspired from the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos.
It is an approach to the eternal question of death.
It is a question that has been central to humanity and which each generation attempts to address.  We try to give our own answer observing history with the detachment afforded by our present day existence. We explore issues relating to navigating other dimensions in the transformative journey of the soul.                                 





"The Apple of Discord"

Yearly   Exhibition

Teloglion Arts Foundation -Thessaloniki

June 7  till July 8, 2012



The yearly exhibition of the students of the visual arts workshop "The Apple of Discord " or "To Milon Tis Eridos", in Greek, was inaugurated at the Teloglion Arts Foundation of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, on June 7, 2012,
"The Apple of Discord" is an open workshop established in 1998 by engraver and print artist Yannis Kapsidakis at the High School of the Vasilica suburb of Thessaloniki.
At the "The Apple of Discord ", the students are working in fully equipped studios on various subjects among which: Free Drawing, Painting, Engraving, Pottery, Sculpture, Photography, Jewelry and History of Art.
Since 1998, the work of the workshop students has been exhibited in 43 different art shows.
In the present exhibit at the Teloglion Arts Foundation the students of the "The Apple of Discord " workshop will show their past and recent work. The show will run till July 8, 2012.

Information

Teloglion Arts Foundation, A.U.T.

Agiou Demetriou 159A
GR-546 36 Thessaloniki, GREECE
Tel.:+30 2310 247.111- +30 2310 991.610
Fax: +30 2310 991610
e-mail: teloglion@auth.gr

The main entrance of the museum opens onto Agiou Demetriou Street, the back entry onto Vizoukidou Street. The city bus lines serving the Teloglion Foundation are: on Agiou Demetriou Street lines 24 (starting at Eleftheria's square), 17 and 37 (starting at the New Railway Station); on Vizoukidou Street there is a circuit bus line (number 15), which serves Ermou Street; on Egnatia Street bus lines 10 and 14 (starting at the New Railway Station).
Access is provided to persons with disabilities.





RENA ANOUSSI-ILIA


"Visual Journey to Mount Olympus"  -  "Flows"
11 May to 9 June 2012
Technochoros art gallery
Athens
http://www.technohoros.org/


On Friday, May 11, 2012, the solo art exhibition of paintings and engravings by Rena Anoussi - Ilia was inaugurated at the Technochoros art gallery, with great success.

Rena Anoussi - Ilia, a student of the Greek master engraver Kephalinos, is a renowned painter and engraver, who is showing us something new in each of her exhibits.. In this present exhibit, we were pleasantly surprised once again, to see two different types of artistic expression.

The first part of the exhibit, entitled "Visual Journey to Mount Olympus" includes four woodcuts and thirty copper engravings depicting the imposing landscapes of Mount Olympus.

Nickos Moschonas, historian and art critic, who has followed the long career of Rena Anoussi - Ilia in engraving, writes:
"There is no doubt that the etching is a demanding art. The engraver, besides artistic sensibility and inspiration, must have knowledge, technical training, skill and ingenuity ...
An inspired ... and inventive creator Rena Anoussi - Ilia has often demonstrated the wide and varied scope of her work that not only possesses the necessary qualities manages to express them in many convincing ways. Her subject, the mount Olympus, encompasses the mythical and the engraver, in every euvre, handles her subject with respect to it's nature and it's essence, avoiding any tendency of iconographic rigor or simplistic secularization. Simple but logically and artfully etched lines in earthy tones reminding of ceramics, define with expressive plasticity, the masses and the curvatures of the terrain, the convex slopes and the hollows, the steep, rocky mountaintops, the wooded ravines. The snow covered expanses and the hard surface of the bare rocks are depicted with the a wise economy of her etching, transcending the unwritten, the void, into material substance ... "

The second part of the exhibit, a work inspired by a past, long study of the artist on stones, on which she had devoted whole series of works, consists of small watercolors titled "Flows". The title is far from random, because looking at these new watercolors of Rena Anoussi - Ilia, one actually experiences the flow of the watercolors, that seem almost ethereal, is stimulated and startled and discovers forms within forms, entering the world of art and traveling in its reality.

The visual artist and art theorist Hara Saitis, aptly notes:
"A whole, new universe, fluid and life-giving, which, following the archetypal, form giving forces of the water, comes to entice the viewer's gaze and to transform him into a water drop. A transparent, humble water drop, that allows its original shape to be lost, abandoning the invisible shell that binds it to mandatory forms, to be allowed to travel....
... In this eternal secret pulse, the sounds whisper harmonious symphonies of fluids. Matter dissolves and decomposes, becomes transparent, is lost and is recomposed and regresses into its original composition ... "

The experimentation of Rena Anoussi - Ilia on how a drop of watercolor can contain whole images, led her to this unique painting style that will be shown in this exhibit entitled "Flows".

The exhibition runs from 11 May to 9 June 2012.









THEODOROS PAPAGIANNIS


“MY GHOSTS”

Benaki Museum ( Pireos Street Building) Athens

March 29 to May 6, 2012

http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?lang=gr&id=202010001&sid=1168


      It has been 18 years already since the Polytechnic School of Athens was set on fire; since the day, when with aching heart I gathered the burnt remnants and erected scare crows to exorcise the evil that grew around me.  The words of protest I wrote then are still valid today, that is why I quote them again.
      Using these materials as a basis, along with other recycled and discarded, second hand materials that I collected, laden with memories and history, I built little be little the forms you see.
      It was my own reaction to an act that overwhelmed me, the reason why these “plantoms” sprouted within me.  The need to express my anger and grief was what gave them birth.  I was incredulous at how we failed to protect such a spiendid, history building, a guft frin bebefactors of “Epirus” and a symbol of learning.  For 18 years since then I have been creative under a state of affairs that scares me.
      I don't know from how far these forms come to me.  I can't tell what they express exactly; if they are gods or demons, if they are figures of legend or heroes of history, lolk fighters or intellectuals, national benefactors or teachers of our nation,specters of the mind or nightmares.It is possible that they may be part of all that.  Might they perhaps be our ancestors, those who kept our mation upright emerging in chorus, menacing, infuriated, humiliated, burnt down, demanding explanations about the sorry state of this land? I don't know the answer, fellow countrymen, though in final analysis,how significant is it to explain?
      May all of you perceive what you please in this spectacle.
                                                        
 Theodoros   Papagiannis





RANIA GRIMALDI - KOROMILA

"Theatricals "
7 to 31 December 2011
Technohoros Art Gallery
Athens

http://www.technohoros.org/index.php/en/palaioteresektheseis/14--07122011


"Performances and everything associated with them always fascinated me and made my mind wander. Pierots with their silent pantomime, of only facial expressions and delicate body and hand movements, actors, the world of models made up of fantastic women, theatrical costumes and fancy antic hats. I created prints of a small fraction of this never ending universe and the pierots whom I borrowed from the famous 19th century photographer Nadar, perhaps because now, during the weird times we live in, I felt I needed more their magic and to travel in their own truth. "

Rania Grimaldi - Koromila

Athina Shina, critic and art historian among others, notes about the artist.
"Rania Grimaldi Koromila, deliberately avoiding any kind theorizations, resorts to a parallel, in the allegory of real life and performance. Roles, that anyone plays in our daily routine and in the theater, operate as adjective qualifiers of the developing "dramaturgy"or acting. And the iconic artist, on the other hand, isn't he an actor too in a visual drama, who teaches ethics through the subjects that he decides to depict? "