2020 kicked off with a bang for me, with my participation in two group shows: ‘Love and Disaster in Athens’, at the FokiaNou art space, and ’20/20 High Vision’, at the artzone42 gallery. It’s been really exciting to be a more active member of the art community. So, here are some photos from the shows, plus some new works. Let me also tell you a bit about the two works on show:
‘Sails I’, at FokiaNou art space, was inspired by the Athens Riviera, that beautiful stretch of coast so unique to this concrete jungle of a city, where you can escape and dream, and let nature heal you, while you watch the sailing boats, the waves, the sparkles on the sea. We are truly lucky to have this as part of our ‘city experience’. So, as you can see, I’m probably on the ‘love’ side of the exhibition’s equation (although a second reading of the work could probably find other aspects too). As a journalist in the art scene, I have certainly garnered inspiration for my art practice from various exhibitions/press conferences/talks etc. In this case, the work of Bia Davou was strongly in my mind (after getting to know her work at Documenta 14), plus the words of architect Renzo Piano, when he had waxed lyrical about the light and the sea of the Athenian coast, which was a source of inspiration for him when he created his architectural masterpiece there (the SNFCC). My work ‘Sails I’, is but a humble homage to the Athenian coast, plus a reflection on the works and words of these two great people. It’s also an attempt to explore the grey zone between art and design.
‘Where the Roses Grow’, at the artzone42 gallery, fits into the theme of ’20/20 High Vision’, because it might appear to be simply a painting of some roses, but there are other things there too, which the viewer is called upon to discover. Negative and positive space in art are a bit like yin and yang, the one completing the other. I would say that in a painting, there is no such thing as an empty space. But in life too. There are things there, but we just can’t see them. From a spiritual point of view, there were artists who saw things where others didn’t, such as William Blake. Certainly he is one of my favourite artists and poets.
‘Where the Roses Grow’, is a work that captures that moment of dusk, which I love so much. It’s a time of transformation and imagination.