Friday 27 October 2023

Color in Water 8: Autumn Transformations at Luminous Eye Gallery in Athens


Art curator Paris Kapralos, in collaboration with 30 artists from Greece and abroad, invites you to visit the exhibition "Color in Water 8: Autumn Transformations" and join the vernissage / opening on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 19:00 to 22:00. The exhibition takes place in physical form in Athens at the Luminous Eye Gallery (Mitsaion 2A, Acropolis area, Athens 117 42) and online, in partnership with ARTgrID.

This exhibition, which explores autumn both as a season and metaphorically as a state of existence, marks the 8th installment in the "Color in Water" series of exhibitions, aiming to showcase contemporary watermedia art in Greece.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Royal Talens and Rembrandt.

As noted in the curatorial statement: "Autumn has been depicted in many different ways in art, particularly in watermedia since its inception as a painting genre. It's a mysterious time during which nature undergoes transformations, colors change, and night advances against the day. The word 'Autumn' has a long history in the Greek language, deriving from the words 'φθίνω' (fade) and 'ὀπώρα' (fruit), first documented in Thucydides' writings in the 5th century BCE. It has been used for centuries to describe a transitional period. Notably, the Eleusinian Mysteries were celebrated during this time, as were the Panathenaic Games, marking the arrival of the goddess Athena, a symbol of truth triumphing over falsehood. Martin Heidegger introduces an interesting semantic framework for autumn in his theory of 'ontological autumn' in his work 'Sein und Zeit' (Being and Time), first published in 1927. In it, Heidegger explores time and existence and attempts to grasp the truth of existence (Dasein). According to his theory, human existence is a continuous movement between three temporal states: the past, the present, and the future. However, Heidegger acknowledges the finite nature of human existence and the inevitability of death. 'Ontological autumn' refers to the state of human existence that recognizes its finite nature, the inexorable movement towards death, and the changing nature of time. It signifies an acknowledgment of the world's transformation and the transformation of the individual, preparing for a transition towards a more authentic and independent existence."




Visitors will encounter works of watermedia art on paper (including watercolor, water-soluble inks, watercolor pencils, powders, natural water-soluble dyes, as well as alternative mediums such as tea and coffee).

The artworks explore themes ranging from the human-centered to the natural landscape, traditional depictions of autumn, as well as works that delve into perceptions and the psychological and philosophical transitions of the season, and existential questions.

The exhibition features works by visual artists including John Abbot, Michail Moumtzis, Yana Liubarska, Angeliki Chatzistilianou, Foti Kllogjeri, Katerina Lambropoulou, Monika Cilmi, Maria Zavitsanou, Matus P., Vasilis Katsarakis, Suzie Card, Sophia Sioula, Kirikkka Soustiel, Youla Tsianti Papadopoulou, Pavel Andreev, Katerina Vasileiou, Angeliki Douvi, Georgia Ntona, Olga Barmazi, Marietta Papageorgiou, Nikos Tzermiadianos, Konstantina Chini, Vasia Kyritsi, Iris Giannakopoulou, Jenny Grigoropoulou, Fotini Livani, Andriana Spyrouki, Catherine Tsirigkouli, and Vasiliki (Lilian) Philippou.


For the exhibition, a bilingual (Greek and English) commemorative catalog-book has been published and is available to all visitors for free.

Hours/Days: Wednesday 14:00 to 18:00, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 17:00 to 21:00. Admission is free.

The exhibition will run until Sunday, November 12th.

The visual theme of the poster is a detail from an artwork by Foti Kllogjeri.

WORKSHOP
On Tuesday, November 7th, a seminar and workshop on contemporary watercolor techniques, led by internationally acclaimed watercolor artist Foti Kllogjeri, will take place. The materials for the workshop are sponsored by  Royal Talens and  Rembrandt. The seminar and workshop are exclusively aimed at painters of any style and skill level and will be conducted in the Greek language. Seats are limited. To reserve your participation, please send an email to artistsartgrid@gmail.com with the subject "WORKSHOP."

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About the "Color in Water" Exhibition Series
The "Color in Water" exhibition series is a personal project by curator Paris Kapralos that began in 2019 with the aim of spreading awareness, promoting, and introducing the art-loving public to talented young Greek visual artists who primarily work with various forms of watermedia. For more information and ongoing updates about participation in the developing community, Expression of Interest, and developments, you can visit the Facebook page HERE.

About ARTgrID
ARTgrID is a company dedicated to systematically promoting and showcasing quality art by visual artists. It also organizes physical events, activities, and leverages collaborations with various interconnected parties in the art world (curators, venues, art dealers, investment consultants, specialized legal advisors, etc.). It has an online platform for providing specialized services at https://artgrid.gr, which includes organizing physical and online exhibitions/seminars/art events, creating, hosting, and promoting websites for visual artists, and more. For more information: https://artgrid.gr.

About Luminous Eye
Luminous Eye is an Athenian gallery that combines and expresses the ideas and spirit of its founders: Vasilis Gerontakos, Charis Kakarouchas, Evie Karagianni, Katerina Karanika, and Pavlos Pavlidis. It serves as a hub for exhibitions, seminars, presentations, lectures, activities, publications, and collaborations with foreign galleries, leaving its mark of quality on the art scene in Athens.

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