The group exhibition titled "Just Abstraction" is presented at DL Gallery.
What is abstraction in art and what leads artists to use it as a visual language? The answers to these questions are invited to be given by 8 artists in the "Just Abstraction" exhibition.
Abstraction as a word literally means to separate or withdraw something from something else. In the visual arts, abstract art or non-representational art, this is achieved by removing literal depiction or any representational reference.
Abstraction using visual language—shape, color, form, line, or even handprints—creates a composition that does not attempt to represent an exact depiction of a visual reality.
The exhibition "Just Abstraction" explores the different ways and means by which contemporary artists are driven to abstraction.
The painting of Apostolos Karakatsanis represents the diffusion of light through the vague boundaries of color fields, creating spaces and folds of the third dimension that arise through a carefully studied painting process.
Vaso Gavaisse creates strict geometrical reliefs by removing or folding the surface of metallic papers creating games of shadow and reflection. He thus incorporates light as a self-existent material, giving a real materiality to the forms he carves.
Through her photographic lens, Marianna Lourba captures forms and colors from her travels in the Cyclades, transforming them into static architectural forms and creates primordial sculptures, asymmetric Aegean-Pelagian colored volumes, forms that exude a peculiar eroticism.
The works of Michalis Karaiskos, products of an extremely time-consuming and expensive manual work, due to the geometric rigor, are simulated with digital processing.
Ilias Vassilos searches for the relationship between space and time and creates paintings with oils on large surfaces, while through his repetitive writing a detailed relationship with time, the unit and the whole emerges.
In the works of Yiannis Lasithiotakis, the concepts of absence and loss acquire a leading position in the artist's works and are created by the addition and removal of colors and shapes. Works in the same dimensions, suspended in dialogue relationships, narrate situations of fragile balance without descriptiveness.
In the works of Nikos Samaras there is always a reference to space in its pragmatic dimension. Using mirage and perspective as a visual distortion, he creates a game of inside and outside, light and shadow, the alternation of the void with the full that reconstructs a three-dimensional space that simultaneously carries elements of the past and the future.
The work entitled Dark Sun (2022) marks the transition of Marios Fournaris's artistic research to the trend of abstract painting. The compositional principle of shaping the painting space is gleaned from the basic characteristics of a geometry, which, despite the strictness of its form, ultimately manages to attribute elements of a poetic truth to the act of painting itself.