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Persistent Paper Ladies at Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa

The exhibition “Persistent Paper Ladies” by Andreas Giannoutsos is presented at the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa.

After a ten-year hiatus from Larissa’s art scene, Andreas Giannoutsos has returned to pleasantly surprise us once again through his work.

The thematic unit “Persistent Paper Ladies” concerns mainly small contemporary design idioms and works involving gestural modes of expression that the artist developed using paper as the basic medium, together with materials that he loves and knows well from past experience, as well as other light materials -inks, coloured pencils, charcoal and chalk-, themes that contrive to produce what are mostly sentient creations based on the female figure.
The unit “The Test of Time” concerns the important concept of the test of time and of time itself – of time as an historical and predominantly deterministic quantity, a reflective regulator of all behaviours and beings that has preoccupied man primarily as an enigma that transcends him. Whatever is exposed, whatever evolves, also undergoes a test, change or transformation; it decays and ages in the course of time.

The bilingual exhibition catalogue includes photos and comments as well as a text by Miltiadis Papanikolaou, Professor of History of Arts at Aristotle University of Thessloniki who notes: “The present exhibition of works by Andreas Giannoutsos is a surprise because it shows how the artist has been led in a methodical way to a form of painting that, with deceptive simplicity, leads us to hear a profoundly inner voice of immense energy. These works have cast off the latent naturalistic treatment of his past works in order to adopt a much more expressive, internal approach, with his means of expression now ‘shaping’ ideas and emotions in an abstract way. Wherever human figures exist, they appear in a mysterious, vague and almost non-existent space, and look as if they are ‘compressed’ within a dramatic vortex. The internal pressure is so intense that it renders them immaterial and transforms them into visionary figures with another ‘hypostasis’, entities that appear in a spacetime dimension. The different painting levels, geometrical shapes in all kinds of bold colours, themselves constitute autonomous values that reinforce the dramatic effect of the whole and help to achieve the emotional climax. It could be said of Andreas Giannoutsos that he has been led to adopt this form of expression, which is characterized by a ‘primitiveness’ in its overall treatment of its subjects, by an ‘internal necessity’, thanks to the exceptionally daring way in which he arranges his figures and colour masses and to a space which is ‘pulsating’ with dynamic lines and explosive colours, and at the same time is ‘compressed’ by a distorting perspective, creating emotionally charged images”.

For more information, please visit the official website of the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa.

Persistent Paper Ladies at Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa

14/12/2018 - 31/01/2019

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Location: Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa – G.I. Katsigras Museum (2, G. Papandreou St., 41334, Larissa) Exhibition duration: 14 December 2018 – 31 January 2019 Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 21:00 Free admission.

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