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Papatzanaki Featured in Gallery d’Arte Group Exhibition

August 26, 2016

NEW YORK— Gallery d’Arte in New York City presents the group exhibition Boundaries from August 25- September 6. The opening reception was held on Thursday August 25 from 6-8 PM. The exhibition features work by renowned artist Antonia Papatzanaki along with

Gallery d’Arte artists Daesun Choi, Christopher Fraser, Minho Hong, Eelkwon Kim, David Park, Kisook Lee, Taegyu Lim, Gahae Park, Hyunjoo Park, Sungsoo Park, Hyunhye Seo, Xin Song, and Byunghak Yoon.

The line is central to the work of the artists presented in the show, allowing them to explore worlds and highlight the unique vision of each artist and each piece on display. The juxtaposition of the various works of art creates a dramatic experience for the viewer, offering a richer meaning from the group as a whole than if the objects were viewed on their own. Art lovers should not miss this wonderful exhibition which runs for a limited time at the Gallery d’Arte in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

In her statement about the work, Papatzanaki said, “Exceeding limits Series, are wall light sculptures based on the juxtaposition of rigid and translucent materials, which allow the transmission of light. (Here stainless steel and Plexiglass) The work addresses the question of exceeding limits. By surpassing the material limits of the work, light saturates the space and alludes to the possibility that human consciousness can transcend material reality. A constant dialogue exists between the artificial light of the work and the ambient light of the surroundings, creating an experience of heightened awareness of its qualities and its relation to time for the spectator. Formally the work has two aspects; one linear – geometric and one natural – organic that depends on the spectator’s point of view. The work relates sculpture, architecture and the experience of light.”

When asked what inspired her sculptures, Papatzanaki said the idea was to give shape to light, to create luminous forms since light surpasses all. She noted that light has a lot of symbolism for Greeks, it carries memory, and light is also truth. The curved forms of the sculptures change as you move around them, capturing how in physics light is both matter and a wave.

Born in Chania on the island of Crete in Greece, Antonia Papatzanaki was educated in the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Vienna Hochschule fur Angenwandte Kunst, and earned her Master’s degree of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards and winner of Panhellenic and international competitions for public art installations. Papatzanaki’s public light installation Agora was exhibited at Battery Park during 2000-2001 as part of the Temporary Public Art Program of New York City. Several of Papatzanaki’s outdoor public works are permanently installed throughout Greece, including her sculpture Lighthouse in the square of the Kato Patisia Metro Station, Athens. Papatzanaki has exhibited widely—notable among her many solo exhibitions are Refractions, Ekfrasi – Υianna Grammatopoulou, Athens, 2013; Robust Matter and Image, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, 2010; Antonia Papatzanaki, Recent Works, Tsatsis Projects / Artforum, Thessaloniki, 2008; and Visions of Light, Chashama, 112 Gallery, New York, 2007. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States, including Whispers, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, 2016; History-Irony, Vorres Museum, Paiania, Athens, 2015; Harmony, 22nd Seoul International Art Festival, Chosunilbo Museum, South Korea, 2014; New: Illusion or Reality, 4th Biennial, Tashkent, 2007; and Artistic Fragments, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, 2005. Further work has been acquired by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Copelouzos family collection, the Vorres Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, and the American College of Greece. She currently maintains studios in Athens and New York City.

Gallery d’Arte is located at 548 West 28th Street, Suite 328, New York, NY 10001. Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri: 12-6PM, Sat: 12-3PM, Closed on Sunday and Monday. More information is available on the Gallery d’Arte website or by phone: 201-724-7077.

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