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THE SHADOW ART EXHIBITION “BEYOND THE VISIBLE” OPENS ITS DOORS AT SANTO MARISART FOR THE SENSES IN SANTORINI: WHAT WE SEE IS ALWAYS LESS THAN WHAT WE LOOK AT

Date: Monday 22nd of August until Saturday 22nd of October 2022
Time: Daily from 19.00 to 23.00. Τhe exhibition will be open to all visitors

Immerse yourself in Greek contemporary art at Santo Maris. From August 22 to October 22, the Shadow Art Exhibition “Beyond the Visible” is hosted by Santo Maris and is open to all visitors.

Through 16 sculptures the Greek artist Triantafyllos Vaitsis works with the duality of light and shadow to interrogate issues and concepts central to our times. What we see is a trick of the light, what we perceive is a matter of perspective.

 Looking at the art of Triantafillos Vaitsis from another angle can reveal things we’d never noticed before, about the art and about our understanding of the world. What do you see when you look?

Join us for an experience not to be missed!

THE ART EXHIBITION: BEYOND THE VISIBLE

What we look at is always more than what we see. Every object, situation, or event has dimensions and parameters which are not visible, but rather only perceived. The shape, size, color, texture, silence, commotion, noise, intensity, simplicity, complexity, brightness and many more... are factors that reveal or hide messages—thoughts, indicate roads, reveal new perspectives…

For Triantafillos Vaitsis, Shadow Art (like in this exhibition) comes to confirm that things are not always as they seem.

The exhibition boasts 16 amorphous sculptures which, illuminated from a specific point, generate perfectly perceptible shadows.

In essence, the shadow of each sculpture comes not only to interpret it but also to converse with it, as there are points on the sculptures themselves that do not appear in the shadow but give us information about it.

The works in this exhibition are made mainly from recyclable materials and thus combine Shadow art with Trash art.

THE EXHIBITION ARTWORKS

The 16 exhibits of Triantafillos Vaitsis belong to various thematic sections closely related to their creator. Each work deals with philosophical concepts, historical events, personal moments, etc. However, the order in which the works are presented motivates us to enjoy our life.

Among the exhibits, visitors will find the iconic sculptures «Bell Tower» and “The beginning of the end and the end of the beginning”.

The «Bell Tower» was made in 2016 for the film «The Rose of Smyrna» by George Kordelas. Its shadow shapes the bell tower of Agia Fotini of Smyrna. For this work, the creator used photographs of the old bell tower and pictures and drawings of the new bell tower built in Nea Smyrni.

The sculpture “The beginning of the end and the end of the beginning” discusses the different perspectives of ends and beginnings and how human perception blends the two when it deals with future choices and the unknown.

INFO: Running from Monday 22nd of August until Saturday 22nd of October 2022, the exhibition will be open to visitors daily from 19.00 to 23.00.

 

ARTIST BIO: TRIANTAFYLLOS VAITSIS

Greek-born and raised, Triantafyllos Vaitsis studied Environmental Engineering and worked as an engineer before turning fully to art. From the early stages of his life, he explored various forms of art: wood carving, complicated constructions with wire and metal, painting, theatre, and poetry. In 2008, he discovered shadow art, which fascinated him and led him to quit his job and become a self-taught, full-time artist. Since then, he has embarked on a journey of designing and creating shadow art installations while communicating his thoughts, emotions, and concerns on perpetually current topics. Time, knowledge, change, evolution, philosophy, politics as well as concepts of our times - like the way the human brain processes ideas and notions - is where Triantafyllos draws his inspiration.

He has had over 15 solo and collective exhibitions in Greece and 6 international exhibitions in the UK, Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia, Turkey, Cyprus, and Taiwan.

His shadow art sculptures belong to private collections in Greece and abroad and have been commissioned by large companies and corporations.

He lives and works in Xanthi, Greece, where he holds his studio and a permanent exhibition open to the public.

Triantafyllos Vaitsis and his art in numbers:

  • More than 110 shadow art sculptures
  • More than 25 exhibitions in Greece and abroad
  • Exhibitions in 7 different countries
  • The last group exhibition in Taiwan attracted more than 250,000 visitors
  • More than 30,000 visitors have visited the House of Shadows (his permanent exhibition) in Xanthi
  • His sculptures have been used in films and shows of worldwide recognition

For more information, please visit his official website: https://vaitsis.com/el/arxikh/.

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