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‘Longitude & Latitude 24.5658 / 38.9068’


‘Longitude & Latitude 24.5658 / 38.9068’ Painting

Vassilis Karakatsanis


Painting, Gouache on Canvas

Size: 93 W x 140 H x 5 D in

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ArtPrisma Gallery 187 Kountouriotou Street, Piraeus 18535 T: +30-2104296790, F:+30-2104296079 Opening Hours: Tu. Thu. Fri: 10:30-15:00 & 17:30-21:00 Wed. Sat: 10:30-15:00 Sun. Mon: closed Vassilis Karakatsanis ‘Longitude & Latitude 24.5658 / 38.9068’ Opening: Friday 7 April 2017 at 20:00 Duration: 7 April – 20 May 2017 Supported by: The Municipality of Skyros From 7 April to 20 May 2017, Art Prisma Gallery in Piraeus presents the painter Vassilis Karakatsanis. The exhibition is entitled ‘Longitude & Latitude 24.5658 / 38.9068’ and concerns an artistic recording of the island of Skyros during 2016 & 2017. Over the past fourteen years, Skyros, an island in the central Aegean, has been a place where Vassilis Karakatsanis has spent long periods of time. The space he inhabits there is small, like the majority of Skyrian houses, and constitutes a lesson in austerity, in terms both of everyday life and the artist’s way of thinking. The need to capture on canvas the subject of “Skyros” had been on Karakatsanis’s mind for many years. The way he chose to do this was to avoid describing things at first sight, but rather to choose certain features of the space, folk tradition and the people; all this formed the emotionally charged and semantically sparse material of his landscape painting. Karakatsanis’s style displays here the consistency of previous years – On Wall (2002), Urban Details (2011), Carpets 2 (2015). The result is the rendering of his intense emotional and experiential relationship with this particular exploration. One might describe it as a sifting through the plethora of features at his disposal, before selecting the ones he has portrayed in a limited number of paintings. Athina Schina, art critic and art historian, writes: “After-sensations” “Besides the experiences and memories one acquires from a certain place, there are also the after-sensations which emerge in time, as they are produced from a combination of impressions and observations, associations and correlations which concern the various ways in which the subconscious functions and processes information. The place Vassilis Karakatsanis has chosen to define geographically and then elevate to another sphere through his imagination is none other than Skyros. This Aegean island becomes, for the artist, the thread of Ariadne, allowing him to enter, absorb and artistically reshape elements from the interior of the place and the “self”, since both these parameters here are one and the same. Thus, Skyros’s geographical identity is translated into a correlation between mathematical and physical terms, which essentially demystifies it, transforming it, through these works, into a “geodesy” of sensations, dreamlike states and emanations from memory. Vassilis Karakatsanis, being always internally consistent with earlier stages of his work, uses, in this group of works, a mixed and very personal morphoplastic vocabulary, which includes, besides his own established style, transformed elements of neo-fauvism, gestural lyrical abstraction, the dynamic gesture of expressionism and neo-pop culture. Having chosen the method of hiking (whether real or imaginary) in order to make the island his own and then render it through the eyes of his mind and his heart, as well as through the memories that accumulated meanwhile, the painter, showing great inspiration, works with certain recognizable motifs, such as the typical rural shoes called “trochadia”, which are reminiscent of ancient Greek sandals. The “trochadia” also act as markers for measures, sizes and distances in the familiar yet eternally novel world of the island. Other reference motifs include the colors and shapes of Skyrian ceramics, and the roofs of houses with their grey, white and dark charcoal colors, which, through the artist’s psycho-emotional filters, emerge as paradoxical, rhythmical chessboards. By transforming these years-long experiences and accumulated memories of his, Vassilis Karakatsanis creates works with vibrations, harmonious counterpoints, dynamic gestures and tensions, poetically adding his elegies and his longing for a dreamlike, and at the same time real, place, which will take him on a journey, as he himself, as a super-consciousness, is transformed in the here and there of utopia, always through the varied and multifaceted aspects of viewing, which also include its transcending.” Athina Schina Art Critic and Art Historian Athens, January 2017 Translation: Mary Kitroeff Vassilis Karakatsanis (b. 1957, Athens) lives and works in Athens. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, Ecuador, Turkey, Denmark and Germany, presenting his personal visual vocabulary, drawing his themes primarily from his experiences and the observation of the familiar world that surrounds him. He often organizes his exhibitions with a theatrical perception and reduces the everyday object to a structural element of his works. He uses a clean and rich color scale with vivid color contrasts, transforming elements of his extant and experiential space into artistic interventions, and keenly exploring the limits between reality and illusion.

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Painting:Gouache on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:93 W x 140 H x 5 D in

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(Greece, Athens b.1957 / act: Greece)Vassilis Karakatsanis lives and works in Athens. He has exhibited his work in Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Ecuador, Indonesia, Turkey, Denmark and Germany. His thematic choices and his personal artistic vocabulary are informed by his experience and observation of the surrounding world. He organizes his exhibitions by using a theatrical attitude: he transforms the mundane every day objects into structural elements of his work. He uses a clean and rich color palette and vivid contrasts. He creates installations by using elements from the existing three dimensional spaces and by transforming them into art forms. He researches with sensitivity the limits between reality and illusion.

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