Antonia Papatzanaki: Infinitesimal Formations Opens June 6 in Thessaloniki

THESSALONIKI – Donopoulos International Fine Arts Gallery, 3 Agias Theodoras Street 54623 in Thessaloniki, presents Antonia Papatzanaki: Infinitesimal Formations running June 6 through July 7 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 6, 8 PM. The exhibition is curated by the internationally-known, New York-based curator Thalia Vrachopoulos.

In this exhibition Antonia Papatzanaki examines the mysteries of organic life that have always inspired visual artists to re-create through their art, a ritualistic representation of the imperceptible, natural structures that give birth to living organisms. With the advent of modern science and technological advancement, the artist is confronted with a previously unknown cosmos of immaculate forms, which for the first time revealed themselves as a vast realm of enigmatic wonders, sublimely resembling those of the infinite universe, serving as an ingenious inspiration to the sensitive observer. Genomes, cell structures, biomolecules and macromolecules— a boundless microcosmos of volatile shapes— passionately resisting the archetypical premises of realistic representation. They resort in a way to abstract images, similar to previous transcendental phenomena that modernist artists tried to visually capture through presentational art.

Papatzanaki’s mixed media artworks (combining different materials such as LED lights, Plexiglas, stainless steel and or paper) vividly encapsulate the evanescent lightness of life’s biological formations. In her effervescent installation titled Pulse – a fragile constellation of small, organic-shaped objects with pulsating colorful lights resembling the cells’ shifting multifarity, Papatzanaki reshapes the ever-flowing properties of luminescence itself, transcending thus the artwork’s material boundaries. In this exhibit Papatzanaki also features her animated Structural series -in which luminous and reflective wall sculptures impressively engender a dualistic dialectic of diaphanous iridescence and opaque luminosity into the surrounding space, the ever-shifting qualities of light are used as a visual metaphor for the universal and perpetual transmutation of life’s biological multi-structures. Similarly, her radiant prints series titled Cellular, an iconic manifestation of the living organisms’ inherent mysteries; unusually function as lyrical and melodic abstract light-images. Vividly reminiscent of curvilinear forms and organic structures, the psychedelic colors’ hues musically pulsate through the static vibrations of innate light, while her tree-inspired Xylem series (such as her lucid artwork Xylem—Poplar 2) thoroughly reconsiders through a likewise use of colored light and acrylic glass the ecological significance of the Earth’s flora due to the manifold trees’ importance to human biology.

Artwork by Antonia Papatzanaki, Pulse 2, Stainless steel, Plexiglas, LED lights, 47¼ x 47¼ x 4 inches. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Papatzanaki skillfully achieves through her biomorphic artworks to lucidly represent a hidden galaxy of infinitesimal formations, where biological life, together with her everlasting rebirths and alternating mutations, violently colliding, rigorously transforming and re-metamorphosizing the indiscernible existence of each individual being; intuitionally depicting, in Heraclitus’ words, the never-ending flowing of eternal life.

Antonia Papatzanaki is a renowned Greek artist who lives and works in NYC. She is known for her light sculptures, delving into the material, morphological, and conceptual dimensions of light while exploring the continuously changing structure and nature of reality. Papatzanaki graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts (1986), the Vienna Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst (1989), and acquired her MFA from Pratt Institute in New York (2000).

Throughout her career, Papatzanaki has been honored with prestigious awards and has won competitions for public art projects. Her outdoor public works are permanently installed throughout Greece, including the Memorial to Lost Airmen (1993) in Thessaloniki and her sculpture Lighthouse (2004) in the square of the Kato Patisia Metro Station in Athens.

Papatzanaki’s extensive exhibition history includes approximately 100 solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Thank You for My Breaths’ on selected digital screens at Manhattan bus stops (2021); ‘Microscopies’ at the Consulate General of Greece in New York, USA; and ‘Cellular’ at the Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece (2019). Her work has been showcased in group exhibitions globally, such as ‘NutriDelicious Art’ at Harokopeio University, Athens, Greece (2023); ‘Art Dagao 1’ in Chengde, China (2019-2020); and ‘Transplants’ at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York (2018), among others.

Her artistic contributions have been extensively documented in more than 300 critical analyses, articles, and reviews, across books, exhibition catalogs, newspapers, and magazines. Papatzanaki’s work is held in numerous private collections and esteemed institutions, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, the Vorres Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the American College of Greece, and the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania.

The exhibition will be on view from June 6 to July 7, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11 AM-2 PM and 6-9 PM, Wednesday: 11 AM-2 PM, and Saturday: 11 AM-3 PM, Sunday and Monday closed.

More information is available by phone: +30 2310552633 or email the Gallery: [email protected].


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