Join us on November 7th at 8 pm. for the opening of a group art show entitled “Creativity in a Time of Chaos” at the Theater at ACS Gallery.
Three artists with ties to the United States and Greece will present their work jointly as part of the on-going yearlong AMERICAN FESTIVAL 2012 celebration organized by the Institute for Innovation and Creativity at ACS Athens.
The artwork will be on display from November 7th – December 2nd, 2012 (extended) at the Theater at ACS Gallery and it includes photographs, painting, assemblage sculpture.
Please join Mark Hadjipateras, Mary Cox and Amalia Melis as they reflect on “Creativity in a Time of Chaos.”
Amalia Melis is a published writer who has crossed over to play with three dimensional images inspired by her published stories, essays about social themes in Greece and elsewhere.
Though she has no formal art education, she creates fanciful assemblage sculptures made from discarded objects she finds in the street. Making these abstract sculptures is the best way she knows to avoid the blank page.
Her professional background is in journalism/marketing. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York. Two of her assemblages were chosen for the group show “Two Sides” that combined the written word with visual art for S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) in Berlin, Germany 2010. She is the creator of Aegean Arts Circle writing workshops in Andros.
Mark Hadjipateras will exhibit a series of photographs “A?SFAB?L” (Affordable ? Solutions for a Better ? Living) printed digitally on watercolor paper.
These appear to be small paintings in and of themselves, which make references to Russian Constructivism, Pop Art, Scatter Art, Morandi, Moore and others. In fact these are photographs of products bought from IKEA, which the artist has combined and composed in ways that create a new context outside the functional.
The work is imbued with ambiguity and dims the line between art and design, personal expression and homogeneity.
Mass production, globalization and universally accepted aesthetics and standards of taste are questions Hadjipateras opens up for thought.
Mark Hadjipateras was born and raised in London. He studied at the Hammersmith School of Art and at the St. Martins School of Art in London, as well as the John Moores University in Liverpool. From 1982 to 2002 he lived and worked in New York City, he now lives in Athens, Greece. His work includes painting, photography, printing and sculpture. He has done site-specific installations in galleries and public spaces, in Europe and the U.S. In 2000, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of NYC commissioned Hadjipateras to create a permanent installation comprising 40 mosaics for the 28th Street station of the Broadway line. The station received the Municipal Arts Society Award for Best Public Work in 2003.
He has had thirty solo exhibitions and participated in more than 100 group shows in the U.S., Greece, England, Germany and Japan. His works are in several public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mary Cox's multimedia images are a meditative look at immigration in today’s Greece. She combines digital images, printmaking techniques and traditional oil paint to create works of technical and psychological complexity that mirror the multidimensionality and diversity of her subjects. The entirety of this series was accepted for the Lulea Art Biennial in Sweden, in 2011.
Mary has lived in Greece since 1993. Much of her work focuses on social themes concerning Athens. Her most recent show, "Dreamers in Reality" at ArtZone42 in May 2012, addressed bicycling in Athens. She is a member of EETE and holds a Master of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.