"Whoever wants to doubt everything will be unable to reach doubt, cause the game of doubt in itself presupposes certainty." -- L. Wittgenstein, The Blue Book, 1958
Interspace was an exhibition that proposed the coexistence of a double narrative and combined together colorful sculptures with black and white photographs. The two sets of works retained their individual narratives while they are also reframed and redefined in their combination in respect to concepts of space and form.
The photographs presented close-ups of mountains putting more emphasis on the random patterns arising over the snowy sides than to the accurate depiction of the landscape.
Sometimes as positives and other as negatives, they negotiate the idea of intermediate space between the displayed subject and the real landscape and aim to create an ambiguity around photography, which functions 'painterly' emphasizing the random alternation of patterns over the depiction of natural forms.
Forms are challenged and redefined as landscapes and landscapes that have been captured by the photographic lens are deconstructed in order to be later constructed again in connection to the colorful abstract sculptures that surround them. Interspace is thus imaginary, a mental area.
It is the space where any certainty is put into question. Images and materials are being investigated, their properties, limitations, strength and correctness are being tested and concepts such as the natural, the real, the random and the preplanned are being explored. [ + more ]
AD gallery presentss a solo show-tribute to Nelly’s (also known as Elli Sougioultzoglou-Seraidari, 1899 Aydin, Asia Minor – 1998 Athens, Greece) entitled Un nouveau regard (A new glance). In the exhibition will be presented a series of works of the historical Greek photographer, including “New York Easter Parade”. This work, which the photographer created by the urge and encouragement of Alexey Brodovitch (director of the Harper’s Bazaar magazine), is being displayed again, after 1992, with a selection of her portraits, landscapes and photographs of the Acropolis monuments.
Nelly’s has studied photography in Germany, near the great classic photographer Hugo Erfurt and later, near Franz Fiedler, she was initiated into the new approach in photography and the European neο-romanticism. She opened her first studio at Ermou street in Athens in 1924 and her lens captured important personalities and themes of that time, like the famous dancer Mona Paeva dancing nude in the Parthenon, the Delphic Festival and Eva Sikelianou, Dimitris Mitropoulos principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York etc.
The Athens writer and historian Dimitris Kambouroglou showed her Athens through his own eyes. Nelly’s followed his glance and photographed. The result was a series of photos of outstanding aesthetic value. The photograph of Mona Paeva, nude on the Parthenon would cause a scandal in the small city of Athens of that time. The photographer will be defended by Pavlos Nirvanas in his column at Elefthero Vima newspaper (May 1929).
Since even her studies and her nudes at Fiedler’s studio in Germany, Nelly’s removes the background’s elements by focusing her attention to the theme. This results in reversing voluntarily the references of orientation and the final image is formed as a mix of realistic and abstract types. By that way, she manages to incorporate the spectator’s wonder as an element of the image. Knowing that she is the one directing the spectator’s gaze through the lens of the camera and that he will identify with her position, she accentuates his wonder by giving him the oportunity to read the image in a double way in relation to the earth’s horizon.
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Her classical education and her admiration of the Ancient Greek civilization have contributed to her photographic work in Acropolis in a way that the latter has become decisive for the artist herself but also for the history of photography and architecture in general.
In her portraits Nelly’s uses artificial light, leaving one part of the form in the dark, while the background remains empty, as a reference to the Great Masters of the Renaissance. The aim of this work was the search for the spiritual element, the poetic atmosphere and the demonstration of the form’s most profound essence.
Exhibition duration: November 10, 2012 – January 12, 2013 [ +info ]
Annual exhibition of graduates A.S.F.A / The first steps of the artists from the younger generation
metamatic:taf presented the annual exhibition Studios (Duration:Thursday 1 November until 2 December 2012).
The exhibition hosted a collection of works by recent graduates of the Athens School of Fine Arts aiming to convey the artistic vibe of the school while opening a multiform discourse between works by young visual artists of different styles, techniques and perceptions.
The necessity to present these works in unity arose primarily from the lack of exhibition field for the systematic study of the conceptual content and the structural elements of the arising contemporary Greek art, assuming that this systematic study can contribute as well as enhance the process of aesthetic perception and social acceptance.
The exhibition presented individual or group works of art, which constitute part of the artists’ thesis and have been selected with the intention to demonstrate the artistic and educational trends developing and prevailing under the present sociopolitical conditions in the contemporary Greek visual arts scene.
Through their works, some of the artists contemplate and comment the current situation with a derisive attitude, while others renegotiate the historical and artistic past and its projection into the present.
However, there are also works of introversive and introspective character connotating a desire/attempt of retreating into a parallel imaginary universe. Having as central pillars of thought social considerations and the conformation of personal and collective memory, the exhibition as a whole perceives the artistic echo reflected by the first steps of the new generation of visual artists.
Curated by: Yalena Kleidara
Participating artists: George Gyzis, Maria Dagalaki, Manolis Daskalakis – Lemos, Giannis Delagrammatikas, Dimitra Dimopoulou, Krini Dimopoulou, Natasa Eustathiadi, Giannis Mouravas, Fani Bitou, Gabriel Pagonis, George Sampsonidis, Maria Tzanakou, Aristea Haroniti, Nikos Hatzikonstantis