Monday, 1 June 2015

Be there | The Twisted Odyssey in London

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - The Athenian Blender Gallery presents the solo exhibition «The Twisted Odyssey» of new works by Konstantinos Patsios, in an exhibition organized in London, opening Thursday 4th June, at 18:00 and curated by Michaela Vergottis, hosted by the Underdog Gallery in London (Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW, www.underdogart.net). 

In the series titled «The Twisted Odyssey», the Homeric epic poem is the starting point for the creation of 24 artworks, just as many as Homer’s 24 rhapsodies. The works are shaking down conventionalities as they readjust the meaning of various situations described in the original Odyssey. The artist perceives the epic poem retrospectively and he places the it in a artistic frame, which at first glance does not have any apparent similarities with the original Odyssey. In fact, based on his personal experiences, the viewer is called to recognize, to decrypt and finally to relate the symbolisms not only between the artist’s work and the original poem, but also between the artist’s work and the viewer’s personal voyage – just like a contemporary Odysseus. Patsios art questions the contemporary socio-political life and seems to become an artistic manifesto, which points to its creators’ anxious concerns about the current affairs. The deep understanding of the history of art and the influences from expressionism and surrealist automatism, as well as conceptual art and pop culture, are filtered and revealed through the mixed media technique which characterizes both his paintings and sculptural pieces.

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