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"Antonia Papatzanaki: Visions of Light"
2007-02-13 until 2007-03-21
New York, NY, USA United States of America

chashasma is pleased to present Visions of Light, a solo exhibition of the acclaimed Greek sculptor Antonia Papatzanaki. Visions of light exhibits Papatzanaki’s signature wall-reliefs, which represent her production of the last decade, and an installation of new Plexiglas works. Her work is a constant dialogue between the artificial light of the work and the ambient light of the surroundings. The works function as a conceptual manifestation connecting sculpture, architecture, and the experience of light.

Papatzanaki’s works are geometric, and simultaneously intangible and vivid. Formally the work has two aspects; one linear-geometric and one natural-organic. Only the viewer’s physical movement can bring the work’s structure into unity, fully revealing its form.

Papatzanaki believes that light is possessed of qualities that provoke specific emotional responses and mental images. Light is a heavily loaded universal symbol; directly connected to life and metaphorically to truth. Without light most life and vision do not exist. The dual substance of light –mass and energy– corresponds to the duality of human nature as mind and body. Primordial light is the ultimate confine of our world. Light signals the rhythm of our life and the passing of time.

Antonia Papatzanaki, born in Chania, on the island of Crete in Greece, is currently living in New York City. Papatzanaki was educated in Athens, Vienna, and New York where she completed her MFA at Pratt Institute. She is the recipient of many awards and first prizes for public art work installations. Papatzanaki has exhibited her works in ten solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Works by Antonia Papatzanaki are in the Vorres Museum in Athens, the Contemporary Art Center of Rethymnon, in Crete, and in numerous private collections, while several public works are on permanent display throughout Greece. Her outdoor light installation Agora was exhibited at Battery Park during 2000-2001 as part of the Temporary Public Art Program of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Chashama supports emerging and underrepresented artists by providing one of the most elusive commodities in New York City: space to create. Chashama works with landlords and developers to identify underutilized real estate, which the owner is willing to donate on a short-term, temporary basis, preferring to see underutilized spaces put to good use, looked after and maintained while they are awaiting commercial tenants. www.chashama.org

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