Saturday, 16 April 2016

Andrej Mitevski's art shows in Myro Gallery & Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki

Andrej Mitevski, a renowned marble sculptor and a member of the Greek Marble Initiative is showing his latest series in a double exhibition in Myro Gallery of contemporary Arts and in Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki, under the curation of Mr. Paris Kapralos, setting off April 21st, in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Gallery show is titled "Emerging Forms" presenting the same name actual series, and it is opening on Thursday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00) in  the presence of sculptor. The title itself indicates the intention of the artist to represent not only the physical form and the conceptual background, to pay not only the geometry, but also the idea of forming the ideology of mankind. In a statement issued by the sculptor it is noted:

"Like the sun that is in the centre of our planetary system I would like to see that our spiritual and humane way of thinking prevail and we as a human kind, stop to be destructive towards nature and to other people. The organic shape of my project has intention to emphasize that life and the nature has an ability to correct itself and prevail almost any obstacle. But we as humans have to be more careful with our sources and to think, what our legacy is for the next generation. Emerging or better creating life and creation, as a god like category comes the responsibility and power to say something, to show your idea your vision for the future. These new emerging times of fast communication and digital connections, the only way of bringing people to see the beauty of life and to comprehend the power of creation through art. Art was and it is the best international intellectual language which has no boundaries and accepts every race and religion and has the power to move people”.

The exhibition will conclude on Saturday 21st, May 2016. Dates / Hours: Thursday, Friday 11.00 - 14.00 & 17.00 - 21.00 and Saturday 11.00 - 15.00.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Giannis Manikatis interview on his Birdmen series



Ο Giannis Manikatis was born in Thessaloniki on 1988, and studied Sculpture in the department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia under the guidance of Professor Hector Papadakis (2006 – 2011). He joined the Greek Marble Initiative in 2014, during the 2nd International Symposium in marble and bronze. He experimented with marble and soon after he set off producing his own original artworks. Nowadays he works in marble a lot, both in Greek Marble Initiative symposiums he always joins, or independently. In addition he works with wood, and has shown his works in both materials in several occasions, group shows and public space all around Greece. In this brief interview  -initially published into the "Arts & Antiques CCR"- explains his approach in sculpture and his relation to marble in creating his art.

> His works and updates on how he is associated in the Initiative you will find HERE.

Interview: Paris Kapralos
Camera & Edit: Dimitris Alexakis

<Transcript and translation from Greek>

- Paris Kapralos (PK): How did you started with sculpture?
- Giannis Manikatis (GM): As a matter of fact I have started with designing comics, and this was actually my beginning with sculpture. The way I see it, in both arts the perception of the 3  dimensions is strong. The comic characters live into 3 dimensions and the medium is provoking you to be there that you will meet them. Thus the transitions of artistic perception is relatively easy. In the Arts School I made up my mind to study sculpture, till then I was only experimenting with it. It was then that I found out that from scuklpture are deriving the most proper media and approach to realize my works. In the materials question I would answer I prefer stone, metal and wood. Stone exerts a special charm on me, metal has its own strongpoint in the creation perspective, but wood remains my forst and special love. Though figurative you will find loads of abstraction as I go one with sculpture. I find abstraction has special dynamics I cannot pass by.