Contemporary Art by G. & A. Mamidakis FoundationAgios Nikolaos, Greece
G & A Mamidakis Foundation
The G & A Mamidakis Foundation, giving material form to its love for art and culture, has created a valuable collection over the years, containing monumental works by such leading artists as Nikos Alexiou, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Costas Varotsos, Giorgos Gyparakis, Theodoros, Vlassis Kaniaris, Rena Papaspyrou, Takis and Costas Tsoclis.
1. Carlo CiarliCarlo Ciarli, “Light and Shadow”, 1988, Minos Beach Art Hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete
2. Kostas VarotsosKostas Varotsos, “Self -Defined Horizon”, 1990, Minos Beach Art Hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete
3. Costas TsoclisCostas Tsoclis, “Danger! I”, 1980, Minos Beach Art Hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Light and Shadow
Carlo CiarliFor the 1st Art Symposium, the artist Carlo Ciarli (b.1938) created a new installation of the “Light and Shadow” piece, originally presented in his first solo exhibition in 1986. His artistic practice is characterized by the bold use of simple materials and intense spirituality. In this piece, using materials indicative of the Mediterranean scene: stone, yellow color, light and shadow, the artist creates a work in direct dialogue with the surrounding space, with references to the recovery and drastic transformation of the natural landscape by the human civilization, without trespassing or devaluing it.
Kostas VarotsosThrough his sculpture, visual artist Kostas Varotsos (b.1955) emphasizes the directly visible space, the shape and the content in order to broaden the aesthetic experience of the viewer without any descriptive mood. “Self-Defined Horizon” (1990), presented at the 2nd Art Symposium (1990), is an excellent example of Varotsos’s sculptural practice, which centers around the use of glass, a material which represents light. Varotsos approaches the earth, the sky and the sea with a great strength of freedom in works for the public space. The viewer faces a puzzle without enigmatic concepts, as he is invited to view the landscape in dialogue with the sculpture.. Thus, the dreamy mood and aesthetic integration both become the core of the project.
Costas TsoclisWith “Danger! I” which is a continuation of a 1974 painting, the international artist Kostas Tsoklis (Athens, 1930) participated in the 1st Art Symposium (1980). As in all of his works, here as well, the nuance play with space is obvious. The real, lived space is transformed into a fictitious, aesthetic space, giving the viewer a deeper insight into this concept. The almost without perspective view of the work creates an uncomfortable situation for the viewer and makes it look as though it spreads in two dimensions, as the visually vague existence of the glass creates another misleading space. The red color, indicative of Tsoclis’s work, symbolizes danger and blood at the same time, hence the essence of life. Therefore, the work could be considered a risk sign to human existence in space and time.
G & A Mamidakis Foundation
The mission of the G & A Mamidakis Foundation is to devise, coordinate, foster and implement programmes and actions that are consistent with its vision and concern the arts, people and the environment.
Contributors and Bibliography
Content creation: Dimitrios S. Spyrou, Art Historian | G & A Mamidakis Foundation, Clio Muse | Τranslation: translation4u
|Starting point||Minos Beach art hotel, Ag.Nikolaos, Crete & Life Gallery athens hotel, 103 Thisseos Avenue, Ekali, Athens|
|Areas||Minos Beach art Hotel, Agios Nikolaos|
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