Source: Government of Greece
On December 5th, the Consulate General of Greece in New York inaugurated the exhibition ‘Microscopies,’ by visual artist Antonia Papatzanaki, curated by Art Critic and Historian Dr.Thalia Vrachopoulos, Professor of History of Art at John Jay College, in New York.
Papatzanaki’s body of work is concerned with life, its microscopic forms, and science. It can be seen in terms of vision and color perception, as well as cellular biology. The exhibition ‘Microscopies’ brings together paintings and light sculptures that explore organic and inorganic structures, inspired by microscopy. Through their dialectic of light and darkness, the works highlight the contrast, which allows the human eye to fully absorb the ways in which nature builds complexity.
“Human perception tends to divide the world into object and background that at times can be so ambiguous as to be a visual illusion. Papatzanaki’s images are powerful because they offer the viewer multiple perceptions and/or interpretations from a single unit or object” says curator Vrachopoulos.
Antonia Papatzanaki was born in Chania, Crete and is a renowned Greek artist who lives and works in New York. She is known for her light sculptures exploring the material properties, formal qualities, and conceptual intricacies of light and her constant interest in primary elements. She was educated at the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Vienna Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst and Pratt Institute in New York, where she acquired her Master of Fine Arts.