30.05.2018

Stella Kapezanou's Paintings Are Full of Over-Consuming, Semi-Happy Tourists

An imaginary world full of the symbols and stereotypes of an ephemeral and superficial affluence is presented with a pinch of irony and self-sarcasm by Stella Kapezanou in “Βrit Pond”, her first solo exhibition in Greece which opens at the Evripides Art Gallery.

After several awards and distinctions and two successful solo shows in London, Stella Kapezanou presents her first solo exhibition to the Athenian public in an attempt to have her art operating as the mirror of a collective memory which characterized the social reality for years, leaving its indelible marks on the present time.

Stella Kapezanou, Brit Pond. Photo by Katoufas Bros, courtesy Evripides Gallery.

The characters in the works of Stella Kapezanou seem to be looking for absolute happiness in carefree moments of leisure which, however, make up a setting full of weird coexistences, fake colours and temporal and spatial discrepancies.

Her painting represents a different reading of this consumerist lifestyle and the transient standards it promotes, while her works often exorcise in a mocking mood the contradictions and the absence of meaning.

Stella Kapezanou, Brit Pond. Photo by Katoufas Bros, courtesy Evripides Gallery.

In his introductory note to the bilingual catalogue of the show, art historian and curator Christoforos Marinos writes about the artist's work:
«Reverie, irony as well as a subtle aura of melancholia characterize the figures in the paintings of Stella Kapezanou and hence her art itself. Parading through these paintings are people on holiday whose dream seems to be a life of eternal vacations, a constant state of leisure. Pensioners, wannabe Don Juans, couples, beach towels, sunscreen and Hermès scarves become one with the foliage, the palm trees and the seagulls. Kapezanou’s holiday-makers are often seen behind or through vertical strips of colors which could well be prison bars, symbols of their confinement in a fake paradise that renders everything and everyone identical. Of course, such a work could not but contain recognizable motifs or traces from contemporary artworks, like the flowers of Warhol and the dots of Hirst».

Stella Kapezanou, Brit Pond. Photo by Katoufas Bros, courtesy Evripides Gallery.

Info
“Βrit Pond”
Curator: Christoforos Marinos
31 May - 30 June 2018

Evripides Art Gallery
Irakleitou 10 & Skoufa
Tu - Thu - Fri 11:00 - 20:30
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 17:00