BELGIN YÜCELEN SCULPTURES
Belgin Yücelen's sculptures are yet another perspective viewers will be able to engage at the BODY & SOUL exhibition. Her bronze sculptures are introspective, to the point of soul searching.
REFLECTION shows a man peering onto a body of water while balancing himself on a plateau. The image is reminiscent of the Greek myth of Narcissus, however, the message conveys a deeper meaning. The gaze of the figure lingers not necessarily on the water, which we can obviously see, but has an illumination that is inward bound. Narcissus finally sees more than just himself. He sees who lies within.
Other pieces from Yücelen's collection involve physical, yet soul-searching acts. Expression and fragments of one's identity extracted from questioning the world and of the self are emphasized in these works. They display consciousness and being cognizant of both physical and spiritual realms.
Sven Asmus moves from Rolls-Royce showroom to art gallery...
PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward
appearance of things, but their inward significance." -Plato
A pixel, short for picture element, is the smallest element of an image that can be illuminated or darkened. And so it is, with the paintings and sculptures of Kostis Georgiou. Infused with an alchemy of brilliant colors, these smallest elements burst with emotion and lyricism. Please join us as we welcome Kostis Georgiou to Chicago for an exhibition of his paintings and sculptures following his 5-museum tour in China.
Exhibition runs through April 5th, 2013.
BODY & SOUL
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary | THE SOUL
Jennifer Norback Fine Art | THE BODY
Addington Gallery | WHERE THE TWO MEET
paintings, poetry, video by ARICA HILTON
BELGIN YÜCELEN, ÇETIN ATEŞ,
jewelry by TAMMY KOHL
The next chapter in this collaborative exhibition between three galleries addresses the themes of symmetry, color and an deeper exploration into the history of birth through death (or transmutation of energy).
WHAT IS SOUL?
FROM ATHENS TO CHICAGO
Kostis Georgiou was born in 1956 in Thessalonica, a town thriving with life and activity, and the second port of Greece.
After his secondary schooling in Athens, he went on a quest to find his identity. For six months he tried living in Sweden but missed the heat. He went to Florence to study stage design, and then returned to Athens where he went to Art College to study painting and sculpture under Pr. D Mytaras and Pr. D.Kokkonides. He finished his studies at the Royal College of Art in London under Pr. Peter de Francia.
After his wanderings, he decided to settle in Athens where he felt at home. From 1988 to 1991 he taught painting and stage design at the L.Stavrakos School of Cinema and worked for theatre and the Greek television company ERT. At the same time he continued to paint and sculpt. Soon this is all he did, devoting himself to his art, preferring his work as an artist to more lucrative activities at that time. It was a necessity for him to create and bring forth forms from his soul and being. He likes both painting and sculpture and has the incessant need to go from one to the other continuously. For him, they both express the same tension. They are not soft but have a declamatory style, majestically orchestrated, with bright, frank,unrelenting colours, the space inhabited by people and animals. This theatricality is doubtless due to Georgiou’s years of training and experience.
Recent pictorial works by the artist use the same artificial settings, breaking away from traditional methods of composition. Georgiou creates another universe where the onlooker can grasp the silent language of colour and form. His palette in much of his work, is reduced to primary colours and black, (considered to be the absence of colour yet used as one). This simple use of yellows, reds, blues and black, bring an emotional intensity to each stage, almost film-like, in his canvases. The spectator is invited to enter and participate in the action taking place. For example, works such as Domina, Tempus, Optimus, Stasis and Ecce Homo on three levels: the setting of the scene, the scene itself and in the semi-dark background where one guesses that something is happening. Even more lively and interactive is the rather dark canvas Dreams which shows a diver. Here Georgiou brings us into his own thoughts. He considers that a creator is not an artist but someone who dives into deep waters to translate an original and indefinable work. He is one of those artists with an insatiable appetite for creation.
When he feels the intrinsic need to turn to sculpture, a means of changing medium, he is driven by the same passion, to reposition and open his paintings to other perspectives. He began sculpture when he was twenty-four years old and held his first three dimensional exhibition in 1986. Everything is created from beginning to the end in his studio. He is the only person who touches his sculptural pieces. He tries to master stainless steel, sheets of iron, aluminium, and more recently, bronze. He solders, hammers and paints. It is only for work in bronze that he refers to a founder. Today he makes new sculptures. They are conceived to become monumental works installed in towns, making the environment a more beautiful and pleasant place for the inhabitants. The three bronzes Phylax, Galileo, Epiphanion are remarkably simple with great purity of line and a minimalist structure. In contrast, the Thesis and Stasis, types of strange, almost human, animals, transport us into a fantastical land. While Motion, Bridge, Dancers and Acrobats are more lyrical, lively and theatrical.This is doubtless Georgiou’s way of transporting us into a new world.
Docteur en Histoire de l’Art – Ph.D
Director of Qu Art
October 29th, 2012
BODY & SOUL