22 March – 5 May 2018
Sylvia Antoniadis ·
Vaggelis Theodoridis ·
Giorgos Kavounis ·
Vivi Papadimitriou ART CURATOR Ira Papapostolou SPONSORS CultureNow, Art22
The team of four contemporary artists, Sylvia Antoniadis, Vaggelis Theodoridis, Giorgos Kavounis and Vivi Papadimitriou, can turn the spirit to matter and the matter to spirit within a “pagan mysticism”.
This mysticism has nothing to do with the worship of a transcendental deity, but it seems to deify the soul and body. It is the “earthen” incarnation of the symbols and the “mythologisation” of the emotions, the adventure of the soul and the human instincts. Archetypes, often with references to literature or the opera, gather on the surfaces of a canvas, on carvings, drawings, water-colours or on works on wood, insisting on every last detail.
The artists, each one in their own special way, subvert the conditional picture or things, turning experiences to a life philosophy.
Vaggelis Theodoridis’s myth is about a future middle-age when, after a series of world wars, the Nature has made the necessary adjustments and mutations.
Sylvia Antoniadis, in her four-fold work under the title “Synthesis of Desire”, describes aspects of the human passion, referring to works of Verdi, Strauss and Balzac.
Giorgos Kavounis’s myth has to do with his own Lucifer. The fallen angel takes shape through the “creator’s” eye, who looks at him from above.
Vivi Papadimitriou talks to the viewer about how it is to lose yourself and find it again by imposing who you are.
All four artists reveal their personal vision, always in a specific directorial viewpoint regarding the setup of the synthesis, and in this way they give birth to and impose their own style by simply being themselves.
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.