10 May – 30 June 2018 Athens ART CURATOR Yannis Bolis
With his new work, Haralabos Katsatsidis validates the quality and the possibilities, the solid artistic education, the complex experimentation, the coherence and the consistency, the wide and the conquered maturity of his artistic and plastic research.
Large-scale projects reveal the full possession of expressive means, the experience and knowledge of the problems of form and design, composition, structure and space, the function of color.
The material, its handling and its processing, claim a primary position in the Painting Act.
A touch of fluid color becomes the starting point for the creation of a whole universe of shapes – peculiar and riveting, ambiguous and cryptic – where the figuration is involved with the abstract.
The plasticity, density and scuffle of the shapes, the expressionist deformities, the intensity of the black and the chromatic flashes, the design acuity and the dominant grids of the lines, the strength and roughness of the gestural painting, create counterpoints and balances, movements, routes and postures, impart rhythm and dynamism, clarity and vitality.
The creator “corrects” and “synchronizes” lines, colors and shapes, organizes, with precision, the painting field, relationships and encounters of patterns and forms, the ambiguous, fluid and elliptical spaces of narratives and stories, transformations and transpositions.
A whole world, paradoxical, ambivalent and shattered, emerges like a meteor on the verge between fantasy, dream and reality.
A world where the Biblical Ark coexists with Salome, the monstrous men’s forms (which sometimes reveal their feminine side) and the animal like figures, a world where cruelty, morbidity and eroticism coexist with sensitivity and fragility, in an atmosphere of uncertainty, anxiety and agitation, dramatic passion and romantic-lyrical mood.
The compositions of H. Katsatsidis reflect a particular psyche (soul), an internal way of experiencing reality, give the impression that they emanate directly from the subconscious, reveal and conceal, communicate and interact, are imposed by the monumentality, exude emotion and truth, are opened in multiple readings and approaches, in an area of allegories about life and love, violence and death, adventures and anxieties of existence.
The close viewing of compositions of such large dimensions creates a different condition, intended by their creator.
The viewer is invited not only to come to a more direct contact with the painting process but also to find themselves at the core of these works, to “navigate” through them, to search in the deciphering of their secrets, to seek out their sign tones and his/her own symbolic and emotional references.
30 Mar – 31 May 2018 Trikala ART CURATOR Yiannis Bolis
Alma Gallery completes 8 years of successful and consistent presence in the field of visual arts and celebrates the “anniversary” with an original exhibition. Two or our first associates, Pavlos Samios and Manolis Charos, are called to retrace these 8 years with 16 of their works. Each presents 8 compositions in chronological order, to represent the 8 years of the gallery.
The trained look, the sharpness in design, the intense plasticity, the rich colour range, the essential simplification, the perspective deformations and the isproportions in the scales of the figures and objects, the multiple references ranging from the byzantine hagiography to the modern conquests, they all contribute to Pavlos Samios’ art. His compositions tell stories on the margin between dream and reality, like a monument in a timeless present. His subjects take the emphatic importance he gives to them and with the impeccable technique he uses when dealing with them, he succeeds in speaking clearly, and at the same time suggestively, through what is commonly seen, about what he feels beyond this.
The co-existence of incongruous patterns, the anti-realistic disposition, the unusual viewpoints, the unorthodox conflicts in size, the design qualities, the brightness, the richness and the sensuality of the hues, they are all primary elements in Manolis Charos’ art. His style emerges sensitive, elliptical and symbolic, drawing the routes in a dreamlike and deeply romantic world, offering emotion and visual delight, creating immediate, vivid and spontaneous impressions. His compositions visualize stimuli and memories, they reshape the natural space with pure painting values, they imposethemselves with their fragmentation and their aesthetics, thus suggesting a different, poetic and metaphysical version of what is visible.