Roma Gallery invites painting lovers to the first solo exhibition of Anastasis Ioannou in Athens on Thursday, December 21, 2023, entitled “Can’t See the Trees for the Forest“, where the artist presents a new series of works that redefine and reinterpret the subject he is concerned with, while he returns with faith in it to reveal its countless dimensions. His compositions, at first sight painterly landscapes on which forms are imposed that allude to one or more trees, overt or hidden, complement each other, running through the canvases in a constant flow that sometimes thickens and sometimes thins, yet maintaining a constant momentum.

Untitled, 2023, Oil on canvas, 150 x 120 cm.

The first time we as children stand in front of a piece of paper, we start right there: a tree in the middle, two trees symmetrically framing the subject, two-four-six trees describing the depth of a scene. When a “tree” appears on canvas, left, right, from the top and up, from the roots and down, infinity extends. Yet in Ioannou’s work, as long as one persists in observing it, and as long as the artist himself persists in observing and tracing the transformations of his painting field, we see forms that develop organically like natural objects eventually transform into wounds, into holes elastic enough that we can discern new spaces through them.

Untitled, 2023 ,Oil on Canvas, 70 x 50 cm.

There, Ioannou, who completed his studies in theoretical physics with research in quantum field theory, observes the flashes, the turbulence caused by the most subtle movements, the most hidden events. With the uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics pointed out that even if we know all the variables, we cannot fully predict the evolution of a phenomenon. Just as unpredictably, matter can behave: as a body, as a wave, as an opening, as a tree.

Εxhibition Curator: Christina Petkopoulou

Communication Specialist: Anastasia Spyropoulou

Opening Night: Thursday, 21.12.2023, 19:00

Exhibition Duration: 21.12.2023 – 16.01.2024

Free Entrance

For more information and material on the exhibition please contact: 213 0358344, [email protected]

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