Ileana Tounta

Panos Famelis

25 Jan - 02 Mar 2013

25 January - 2 March 2013

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents Panos Famelis’ solo show “The Wave”. The show will open on Friday 25 January 2013, at 19:30, and will run until 2 March 2013.

"The Wave" attempts to determine the individual’s internal collapse who faces yet another major sociopolitical condition. Panos Famelis creates a large scale painting using thick layers of oil, composing thus a specific, arcane visual language. The artwork presents the co-existence of forms that oscillate between the limits of abstraction and political comment.
The unique gesture in Panos Famelis’s painting raises the issue of accumulation of the image and material on the surface of the canvas. The viewer encounters a work, which viewed from different distances, changes in composition.
The medium acquires a solid dimension that transforms the work from painting to sculptural. This visual idiom dominates the entirety of Panos Famelis’ work who explores issues related to the substance of the material as well as its handling. The process of accumulation is the hub of Famelis’s artistic practice. Through the repetition and layering of oil he opens up a communication channel with the viewer. At the same time, through representational narration, connotations arise concerning the institutionalization and autism of a society in dispute.
The painting evokes ambiguous feelings of familiarization as well as internal isolation and confusion. It operates by association with a change and revision in reference to the entire social spectrum. It examines the limits of personal and collective, revealing the problematic relationship that might result from the two.
The work raises questions of memory and history in a timeframe that seems to signal the end of an era. The contradictions that arise are a result of empirical knowledge and emotions, which are constantly tested by the very meaning of experience and the individual’s perceptual ability of it.
The quest for an inner truth is accomplished only through introspection of the present; the major question is if this introspection leads to a new integral future or to its collapse.