Wednesday, July 19, 2017

' Small Treasures, Chapter I '

a group show curated by Katerina Neophytidou at  Cyprus Champer of Fine Arts in Nicosia, Cyprus

Small Treasures – Chapter 1
June 16 – July 7

Small Treasures - Chapter 1
16 June-7 July

You are cordially invited
to Small Treasures-Chapter 1,
an artists' group exhibition
revolving around and exploring
the notion of the artistic process, through small works of art.
The exhibition is scheduled to open on June16th, 8p.m,
at E.KA.TE Chamber, 11 Peonos Str., Lefkosia
and run through July 7th, 2017.

Inevitably, upon our entrance in the hidden chamber where the talisman (1) was set up, we found ourselves in a space full of diverse, compelling, and exquisite little gems. In the very depths of the chamber, a sitting old man was holding an emerald tablet. Looking closer at the gems, we were surprised to find out what they really were: small works of art, emphasizing process, small scale, experimentation and craze. Their essence was so soft, uncompounded and pure that ‘in what shape they choose, dilated or condensed, bright or obscure, can execute their airy purposes, and works of love or enmity fulfil.’ (2)
The Smaragdina in the possession of the elder, contained the secret of the Prima Materia and its transmutation, by the artist’s hand. Tantalizing and seducing our imagination, we decided to collect these jewels and exhibit them in an attempt to reveal the process of turning the “base metal”, into a conscious creator. In the beginning of this journey there is the death of the ego. The desirable destination is the ‘alchemy that transforms death drive into a start of life, of new significance’. (3)

1. Talisman - the word has Greek origin from the verb τελείν, which means I participate in the mysteries and the ceremony that were performed to create this special amulet.
2. Paradise Lost: Book 01 by John Milton.
3. Powers of Horror by Julia Kristeva

The first chapter includes:
1      Alex Welch
2      Andreas Tomblin
3      Koert Van Den Beukel
4      Sophia Kapnissi
5      Αnthi Pafiou
6      Elena Kouma
7      Efi Ioakim
8      Theodora Foutrou
9      Ioanna Chimona
1     Katerina Neofytidou
       Maria Leonidou-Alexandra Pambouka
1     Machi Papadopoulou
1     Ourania Gabriel
1       Rebecca Efstathiou
1     Flora Mavrommati
1    Chara Stephanou
1     Christos Hadjistylianou
1      Liz Kuntz

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