Kappatos Art Gallery presents five contemporary artists in five distinctive sections titled Five perspectives. Each artist occupies a standalone space, exhibiting part of the recent personal creation, which acts as an independent presence in the context of a comprehensive group exhibition.
Ino Varvariti’s drawings are not restricted to the limits of painting representation, but they are mainly a conceptual approach to the history, the memory and the formation of the national imaginary. In the context of a conceptual approach as well, the ongoing project “The willingness to revisit, 2012-2018”, by Ino Varvariti and Giannis Dellagramatikas, starts through a performative process of “collecting” souvenirs and is presented as an installation, exploring the importance of objects as carriers of meaning, as products of exchange or economic exploitation in the context of tourism and cultural practice.
The sculptural proposals of Labrini Markou revolve around the notion of ambivalence; stability and destabilization, matter and dematerialisation, tangibility and visuality, these are the main directions of the work she presents.
Finally, the work of Panos Famelis and Socrates Fatouros tend to break the narrow boundaries between painting and sculpture, between visuality and tactility; the first creates textures with the use of a thick paste of color, while the latter uses mixed techniques of processing of industrial materials. Both artists succeed in tangling though their work the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional space.
Looking back at the past, one considers the position of the formalist theorist and art critic Clement Greenberg, who, in his article titled “The New Sculpture”, published in 1945, defended the purity and accuracy of the boundaries of artistic means. By maintaining each art forms limits and boundaries, he believed, allows each one to be distinct; sculpture as an art of the three dimensional is directed more towards the sense of touch, while painting as a two-dimensional art in the sense of vision. Ten years later he came to reject his original theory when he found that contemporary art tended to make the boundaries between the arts increasingly permeable and therefore obscure. Indeed, since then, the course of modern art has taken a different turn (minimalism, conceptual art), a process that continues to this day, with the convergence of different media going beyond any formalistic approach.
The exhibition aims to highlight and promote the ways through five contemporary creators confront the current artistic practices following different paths and approaches, based on their personal aesthetic and style of expression.
Giannis Delagrammatikas, Panos Famelis, Socrates Fatouros, Lamprini Markou, Ino Varvariti