By Lydia Lim of The Vie Design
If you’re an art lover like me, do make a visit to the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead – part of an international and contemporary art fair that is hosted in various cities across the globe. It is somewhat comparible to the Freize Art Fair, but like its name states, just that little bit more “affordable”. In the UK alone, the Affordable Art Fair is hosted in two locations in London (Hampstead and Battersea) and Bristol.
I was thrilled to find out that a very dear friend of mine who works as a curator at the Blender Gallery in Athens, Greece, will be participating at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead in June 2015 to exhibit the works of ten different artists. Moreover, they will be presenting a separate solo show of a very special artist that I am honoured to share with you today.
Konstantinos Patsios, born in Athens, Greece attended the Athens School of Fine Art and graduated with a distinction in 2007. He has participated in a number of festivals, cultural events and major exhibitions illustrating his talents. The Blender Gallery will be displaying his works at both the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead and at the Underdog Art Gallery, under the solo exhibition title called The Twisted Odyssey. More details on both events can be found at the bottom of this post.
Secret Garden, mixed media, 100x70cm
La Vie Quotidienne, mixed media, 35x35cm
The following press release has been kindly provided by The Blender Gallery:
The Blender Gallery presents the solo exhibition, The Twisted Odyssey, of new works by Konstantinos Patsios. The exhibition, curated by Michaella Vergotti, will be hosted at the Underdog Gallery in London from the 4th to the 10th of June 2015.
In the series titled The Twisted Odyssey, the Homeric epic poem is the starting point for the creation of 24 artworks, just as many as Homer’s 24 rhapsodies. The works are shaking down conventionalities as they readjust the meaning of various situations described in the original Odyssey.
Patsios art questions the contemporary socio-political life and seems to become an artistic manifesto, which points to its creators’ anxious concerns about the current affairs.
The deep understanding of the history of art and the influences from expressionism and surrealist automatism, as well as conceptual art and pop culture, are filtered and revealed through the mixed media technique which characterizes both his paintings and sculptural pieces.
Patsios’ technique includes the exceptional use of line which he comfortly and at the same time dynamically repeats in all his work, irrespectively of the theme. The use of colour, which he applies in different densities, in combination with spontaneous integration of seemingly mismatched materials in the composition, result in hybrid-works.
Through those technical practises, and through the verbal terms and the symbolic forms he incorporates in is work, one painting of his may include many allegories which correspond to subliminal meanings and which shape the moral and spiritual ideas that Patsios wishes to communicate.
The piece “Kropotkin had a dream” is a clear example of how the artist combines the colorful child-like images with the grim political landscape.
The “Endless Rhapsody” is key-piece of the exhibition and is a very good example of the multitude of the media and allegories which characterize his work.
Patsios work embeds references which range from Marcel Duchamp’s “Ready Mades” to Franz West’s collages. West once said: “ It does not matter what art looks like, but what its usefulness can be” – and that exactly is the artist’s anticipation: To encourage the viewer to be released and to see himself through the art.
Learn more about the artist here
Exhibition Times and Locations
Underdog Art Gallery
Date: 4 – 10 June, 2015
Address: Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
Date: 11 – 14 June, 2015
Address: Booth 14, Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 1TH
Ticket prices can be found here.
The images used in this post are copyright to The Blender Gallery. Permission to use it is subject to a photo credit as listed below:
Artist: Konstantinos Patsios, The Blender Gallery