Exhibition Dates: 12/11/15- 12/12/15
Private View: 12/11/15, 6.30 – 9pm
591-593 Harrow Road
London W10 4RA
The Contemporary London is proud to present Outskirts, our second solo exhibition of exceptional oil paintings on wood and canvas by Vasilis Avramidis. Through the prism of painting, art history and memory, Avramidis’ Outskirts is an intricate and intimate exploration and elevation of neglected and dislocated architectural elements, nature and the quotidian. Following the critical acclaim of his previous solo sell-out show, Avramidis’ Outskirts is a demonstration of the power of beautiful and exceptional painting to transform quotidian architecture and nature to an engaging and engulfing visual escapism.
Art history fills our visual memory with powerful imagery that competes with and many times transcends nature itself. For example, the idealization of the image in Renaissance art, the dramatic and theatrical atmosphere of 16-17th century oil painting, the sublime and emblematic character of minimalist art and architecture, and the unexpected compositions of expressionism all build on the banality of the overlooked and transform these flattened landscapes to another context distinct from their original condition and in dialogue with the medium and history of painting.
Building on this tradition, Avramidis’ beautiful, familiar but dreamily impossible vistas are modern day landscapes exploring the fragmented and isolated nature of memory and belonging. Bathed in deep rich colours and interplays of light and shadow Avramidis’ marginalised private worlds are transformed into soft and intricate textures of natural cascading landscapes and erect beacons of man made structures juxtaposed and enveloped within them.
While referencing historical art practices, Avramidis’ oil paintings are an unusual form of escapism from visual experiences of the everyday contemporary notion of landscape. Avramidis’ landscapes locate themselves in the outskirts, like neglected territories in former tourist regions or dormant semi-industrial zones located outside a city. Although apparently impossible, the landscapes are not completely surreal but are governed by basic natural and visual laws such as gravity, cohesion or perspective. The works detail the random, unplanned and uninspired. However, elements within the paintings exist in the outer regions of our memory and speak about themselves, as well as the unpredictable processes of art itself. Consequently, as opposed to alienating you from the unexpected beauty these structures embody, when seen through the process of Avramidis’ painting, they create a form of escapism that draws and engulfs you in the visual experiences of the Outskirts.
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Works are available to purchase with Own Art spread equally over 10 interest free instalments
Vasilis Avramidis b.1981 Kilkis, Greece. Lives and works in Thessaloniki and London.
Solo exhibitions: Resort Archaeology, The Contemporary London, at London Art Fair (2014), Caretakers, Jacob’s Island gallery, London (2012), Tsatsis Projects, Thessaloniki (2009) and Tsatsis Projects, Thessaloniki (2007). Recent and notable group exhibitions: Collection of Small Paintings, The Contemporary London at Space W10, London (2015), Art Athina 2015 (Tsatsis Projects), Athens (2015), Saatchi’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, B1 Victoria House, London (2014), The Winter Garden, James Freeman gallery, London (2014), The Last Man, James Freeman gallery (curated by The Art Circus), London (2014), Archaeologies, The Contemporary London and Griffin gallery, London (2014), Fundamentet, Oxholm gallery, Copenhagen (2014), Collateral Drawing, organized by Lubomirov-Easton London, Beton7, Athens (2014), Art Athina 2014 (Tsatsis Projects), Athens (2014), London Art Fair (Jacob’s Island – A.L.I.S.N.), London, (2013), Paradise Lost, Art Athina, Athens (2013), Art Athina 2013 (Tsatsis Projects), Athens (2013), Per Annum: 12, The Contemporary London, London (2012), Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London (2011), Recent Graduates 2011, AAF Battersea, London (2011), MA Fine Art Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London (2011), Liaoning Industry Museum, Shenyang (2011), From Charring to Kings, Agnes B Covent Garden, London (2011), The New Pretenders, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London (2011),
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