Young Greek Engravers 2005-2006
The chamber of Fine Arts, EKATE is hosting the Young Engravers 2005 -2006 exhibition on December 6 -17 at the
Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol.
It was originally organized in Athens by the Etaireia Eikastikon Technon ‘A.
Tassos,’ aiming at presenting the new tendencies in the art of engraving.
This tri-annual event, which was first
organised in 1991, has come to be regarded as a very important institution. It has always been supported by the Cypriot government,
and it is now being promoted by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus.
the best work among contemporary techniques in engraving this exhibition has been touring around the largest Greek cities
for the past two years, ensuring that the work of new Greek engravers is widely seen by the public. This is the fourth time
it is taking place
The exhibition consists of works created by 22 engravers, including two Cypriot artists –
Kyriakos Pastides and Panayiotis Panayi. This new generation of artists represents the new tendencies and techniques in engraving,
such as, mixed media and multicolour printing, and have been exploring the potential of, and new avenues opened by computerized
Traditional engraving – on wood, copper, and stone – has been on the retreat, a phenomenon observed
not only in Greece but also worldwide.
"We have refrained from any form of guiding the work of new artists. We neither
support nor exclude any particular technique or tendency. We do not control freedom of expression in Art! The only inviolable
rule is the presence of quality!" This is how the president of the Etaireia, Kostas Nitsos, begins his introduction to the
illustrated catalogue that accompanies the exhibition.
Nitsos will be addressing the public on the opening of the exhibition,
and representatives from Eikastiki Etaireia ‘A. Tassos’ will also be present. Furthermore, two distinguished Cypriot
engravers, Evgenia Vasiloudi and Hambis Tsangaris will give lectures encouraging the revival of interest, and the promotion
of the art of engraving.
Thursday December 7th, 19.00
The exhibition will be opened by Dr.Eleni Nikita, on behalf of
the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
There will be a speech by Kostas Nitsos, the President
of the Etaireia ‘A. Tassos’, followed by a lecture entitled "From wood carving to new carving techniques", by
A reception will follow
Thursday, December 14t, 19.30
Lecture by Hambis Tsangaris entitled "The
marriage of carving to naOve culture". A documentary on the work of the artist will follow entitled "Hambis’ Fairytales".
documentary film on the life and work of the famous Greek engraver A. Tassos will be shown during the exhibition.
It’s a bit early but here is a section of an intriguing bit of info from the Cyprus College of Art at Lemba
Paraskos founded the Cyprus College of Art in 1969 and over the years it has become renown as a unique educational and cultural
Originating in Famagusta, the college shifted location and has now expanded to two studios retrospectively
in the heart of Limassol, and in the village of Lemba, near Paphos. The Great Wall of Lemba, a collaboration of past and present
student’s work, has become a well known artistic inspiration and tourist attraction.
"The recent electric storms
and torrential rain has caused havoc in many places throughout Cyprus and the College of Art in Lempa has been no exception.
With the heavy rain finding the way through crevices and cracks in the roof and streams wending their way through the studios,
students had first hand knowledge of what it is like to work in the varied environment of this Mediterranean country.
The contingency in this year’s Fine Art Postgraduate Diploma have come from the far and wide: the United Kingdom,
Ireland, America, Canada, Poland, Finland and Germany All are studying for eight months in this unconventional yet individual
and inspirational college. The students aim is to soak up the atmosphere of Cyprus and they have certainly experienced a myriad
of weather conditions in their first month".
More later on the Christmas Exhibition at Cyprus College of Art 14 December
2006 at 7 pm. until January 6 2007
Pharos Centre of Contemporary Art
Cypriot artist Haris Epaminonda and German artist Daniel Gustav Cramer have presented their first joint exhibition at the
Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art and it will continue until 6 February.
Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art is hosting
the exhibition of these two exciting emerging artists who have never formally worked together, but have yet maintained an
exploratory open dialogue investigating issues – connections and dualisms – that arise from their individual practices.
two artists first met at the Royal College of Art, London, where they both took their MA in 2003. Their careers also have
Cyprus as a connecting point: Haris Epaminonda grew up in Nicosia and currently lives and works in Nicosia and London,
while Daniel Gustav Cramer, based in Berlin and London, has previously worked extensively in Cyprus while completing his work
At the Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Epaminonda will show a series from collages and a video, based on
personal archives of found imagery.
This work has marked the beginning of an ongoing project where the artist collects
and reassembles both found images and footage, thus the use of various forms of collage, video, books ,etc informing the work.
Cramer will be showing photographic work from his ongoing work Trilogy (Woodland, Underwater, Mountain), a work which has,
over the past four years, developed into an archive of images of the world bereft of any human presence.
Centre of Contemporary Art will be publishing a fully illustrated catalogue which will also document this exhibition, including
an essay specially commissioned by Dr Jonathan Miles, designed by Herman Lelie.
Michella Psara at Argo
A complete calmness fills the Argo space. The pictures may have a subject but really it doesn’t matter as they are
sublime abstracts and stand for and as themselves. One shake or tremor and the whole lot of beautiful paintings would soon
return and restore us to calm again. These are very necessary works. Especially now.
At a time when calamitous environments
push our nervous minds towards a noisy expressionism here comes an array of paintings which restore our faith in silence.
It is the diligent care with various media which also impresses. Various things: tissue used for fibreglass (rather
like horse hair or cobwebs which you feel could flutter so very softly in the breeze), wax,.the thinnest of darkened thread,
cardboard, knobbles of paint a bit like sago floating in milk. A little colour exactly in the right place, and, most
importantly the right density for the whole wonder.
Secure, timeless and of course extremely beautiful.
Argyris Constantinou at Gloria Gallery
A welcome return. The artist has somewhat changed his themes and style. Now in full colour but painted with meticulous
Paint areas float into the next one around with subtle sensitivity. The shoppers in the market
are engrossed in the beauty of vegetables, fruit and their own garments passing through an amazing amount of gorgeous
colour that one fears we will lose when supermarkets conquer these harmonious open air market days; which I’m
afraid they will. But these shoppers still have a tranquil beauty surrounded by living things,. Look closely at the women’s
faces. They resemble and appear like icons amidst the fruits of the earth.
Panos Tsringas shows at10 Egypt Street near Paphos Gate
This delightful, airy and beautifully lit (by daylight
or lamp ) space which is part of Pyrgos Congress Ltd has been most carefully hung with some superb "paintings" by Panos
Tsringas a young artist from Greece. The pictures actually veer to collage. The artist can apply bits of burlap stuck on canvas
to portray some excellent ‘portraits’.
Even better is when he chooses one interest and surrounds it with old
(found, I presume) wooden boards. One wonderful example is "Trophy" in which real horns with a wooden animal (?) head fits
into and conquers its visual and tactile environment.
Pieces of sacking (burlap) can have been saturated in oil
colour and given a superb density which when "fronted" by a painted figure and backed by rough timber can be quite brilliant.
Moving and spatially disturbing.
Uri Geller atGallery k
Missed the spoons in action but just caught the art objects before they were packed away. Loved
the lot. Exquisite, desirable. If there are any still left during the seasonal change over -- buy.
The Brave Little Tailor
How the children love it on these Sunday mornings. Gathered every week at the Satyrico Theatre, Strovolos, Nicosia, they
have come to enjoy Heinz-Uwe Haus play of the well-loved tale by the Brothers Grimm. Xenia Michael makes a wonderful
Tailor. Her speaking voice is very musical and she (as he) sings wonderfully too while her movements are direct and clear
It soon becomes obvious that Haus is as at home writing plays as he is at directing them. The revolving stage is used –
as it was in his memorable "Mother Courage" and its is reassuring to know that the sensitive director of this play,
Marianne Kafkaridou, is the daughter of the actress (Despina Bembidelli) who played that famous role (with Uwe directing)
here in Cyprus and in Greece a couple of decades ago.
The design and costumes by Loizos Loizou are rich in atmosphere and
detail. The Tailor moves from place to place with ease and able young actors pop up all over the places in the story. Happy,
evocative music is by Andreas Georgallides.
Congratulations Hainz –Uwe Haus, the Cyprus Theatre is still yours.