Dimitris Lazarou reports from Athens, Greece that for the first time Blank Wall Gallery, known for its exceptional photography exhibitions, will host in its art space December 1 – 23, 2017, a group painting exhibition “Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent…
Showcasing the works of forty three contemporary Greek painters, the exhibition has been curated by art historians Evaggelia Kairaki and Maria Moscha Karatzoglou.
They note that “Beyond any systematic attempt to combine poetry with painting we must say that poetry is either way gushing from painting and art in general. Speech mobilizes the viewer and the audience, from spec of feelings thoughts, memories, accordance but also disagreements”.
As one of the greatest German literary figures of the modern era Johann von Goethe used to say, “I am determined to live in entirety, benevolence and beauty”.
The title of the exhibition is an extract from the well-known anthology of ancient Greek lyricist Simonidis of Kea, “Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent and Poetry (creation) is painting that is speaking” – and was chosen as its theme, because for the first time Blank Wall Gallery will host in its art space an art painting exhibition.
According to the ancient saying, painting is a poetry (creation) that is silent, meaning the observer of the painting receives the message of the act based on its own individual criteria, his personal experience and knowledge.
For this reason, all the art works will remain untitled, allowing the visitor to observe, draw his own conclusions and leave his feelings free without being bound from their titles.
One tablet from Simonidis of Kea has been rescued intact with its distinctive Ionian dialect; which human life and which authority is desirable without pleasure? Without it neither God’s life would be enviable.
Having this in mind the painting with the experience of seeing as language and an expressive act, is recruited to narrate – sometimes realistically others insinuatingly – to utter meanings, to release desires, to submerge into the aspects of human soul.
“Doing is more innocent than acting”.
Visual artists participating are:
George Androutsos, Antonis Antzoulidis, Elena Antoniou, Giannis Antonopoulos, Magda Apostolou, Maria Apostolou, Fani Vlantonopoulou, Anastasia Gkinaki, Tasos Dimos, Frini Dragatsi, Tania Drogossi, Ioanna T, Leonidas Kampanakis, Evita Kanellou, Angela Karali, Vassilis Kontogeorgos, Panayiota Koroniou Sofia Rose Kosmidou, Maria Ktistopoulou, Penny Konstantinou, Penny Manavi, Marikita Manolopoulou, Katerina Mavroleon, Niki Michailidou, Stavroula Michalopoulou, Vassiliki Bloukou, Anastasia Bolka, Sofia Boni, Angeliki Bobori, Fotini Othoneou, Eirini Pagoni, George Papadimitriou, Maria Pastra, Nadia Rapti, Katerina Rimpatsiou, Afrodite Sezenia, Konstantis Skantzis, Sofia Stavrou, Konstantinos Tzalalis, Yiannis Tzomakas, Kerassia Touliatou, Maria Fili, Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos
The exhibition will be accompanied by a 24 pages catalogue.
Dimitris Lazarou, Guest Author, Athens, The Culture Concept Circle
December 1 – 23, 2017
Blank Wall Gallery
Fokionos Negri str.55, Kipseli, Athens