Recently in Santorini, my partner and I wandered the narrow cobblestone streets in Fira and found a contemporary art gallery, of all things, showing recent work of students from Athens School of Fine Arts. Each artist submitted a trio of works, which were then displayed in grid-like fashion at the gallery in Megaro Gyzi Hall.
At first glance, the room looked to be filled with 100 or so paintings by the same artist. But then a closer look unexpectedly reveals that the 2-D works showed a wide range of subject matter and media, each set very different from the last.
Paintings in oil easily hung next to mixed-media works.
What holds this exhibition together, and prevents it from flying off into the complete randomness that one might get from a university showing, is the tight installation of closely-spaced columns of threes, of identically sized works. Beyond that, each artist was free to approach, and in some cases, go slightly beyond the constraint of the square 50 cm canvases.
What results is an intriguing set of 111 ideas that converge into a spectrum of artistic talent from the Greek Islands.
- Official website for Magaro Gyzi Hall in Fira, Santorini, Greece (English)
- Read more about Art for All at Magaro Gyzi Festival 2013
- Official website for Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece (Greek)
Exhibition details: ‘Communicate – Art for All’ at Megaro Gyzi hall runs from 10 June – 10 September 2013, in Fira, Santorini of the Greek Islands. Free entrance.
Participating artists: Athanassiadou Eleni, Aligizaki Marilena, Anagnostopoulou Alexandra, Voulgaris Kostas, Vyrra Maria, Gardiakos Sotiris, Goulema Nikoletta, Daktylidi Olina, Djepaxhija Beskida, Efstathopoulou Alexia, Zervou Dimitra, Theodorou Markos, Thiveou Mary, Karatza Lila, Kokkaliaris Andreas, Kolympiri Marilia, Kourkounaki Stella, Krallis Aggelos, Lina Christina, Louizou Maria, Lykou Isis, Mantzou-Sakellariadou Alexandra, Mavraidis Aggelos, Mitakou Vassiliki, Nikas Yorgos, Ntountounaki Evelina, Ntourakos Ektoras, Panagopoulou Christina, Pavlou Anastasia, Prokou Niki, Rentl Mariliza, Spiliotopoulos Andreas, Stathopoulos Nikos, Tapinou Maya, Tziallas Vassilis, Tsirigou Despina, Tsoptsi Rafaella