Kostis Velonis at Kalfayan Gallery Athens


Greek visual artist Kostis Velonis is mostly known for his sculptures, always meticulously condensed compositions that have elements of assemblage and often convey an introspective stillness. In his new solo show 'Ghost Beggar', opening at Kalfayan Gallery in Athens this month, the artist presents for the first time works from all aspects of his practice, showing drawing and paintings alongside his sculptures. The exhibition references the theatrical figure of the Pierrot and his "passivity", according to the exhibition's press release, as well as a group of Athenian beggars who used to paint their faces white and dress in all white, but without performing any tricks or theatrics as other street entertainers do. These two figures become a metaphor for political inertia and lack of personal action, and the way "the nameless citizen vanishes in the crowd" or the white beggar "wanders around like a ghost".

Kostis Velonis, Mime, 2020. Plywood, wood, clay, acrylic and oil, 23 x 16 x 26 cm. Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki.
Kostis Velonis, Circus Wheel, 2020. Mixed media on canvas, 150X150 cm. Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki.

Kostis Velonis: Ghost Beggar
10 Jun - 26 Sep 2020

Kalfayan Gallery Athens
Haritos 11, Athens 106 75
Mon 11:00-15:00, Tue-Fri 11:00-19:00, Sat 11:00–15:00
+30 210 7217679

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