Steli Christoff, ‘Urban Labyrinth’, 2017, Contempop Gallery
Steli Christoff, ‘Urban Labyrinth’, 2017, Contempop Gallery
Steli Christoff, ‘Urban Labyrinth’, 2017, Contempop Gallery
Steli Christoff, ‘Urban Labyrinth’, 2017, Contempop Gallery
Steli Christoff, ‘Urban Labyrinth’, 2017, Contempop Gallery
Steli Christoff, ‘Urban Labyrinth’, 2017, Contempop Gallery
Steli Christoff, ‘Urban Labyrinth’, 2017, Contempop Gallery

"My paintings are a mixture, "patchwork" of captured by the camera fragments from the urban environment, old and new tickets, postcards, stickers, flyers and other "found objects", using my specific "patina painting" technique. The shop windows, adds, streets, architecture, are a starting point, not the final product. I stack up on them, trying to capture the mood of the moment, the motion, the rhythm of life as well as the trails of the past, the history of the place that remains. It’s an imaginary journey through the past and the present. I have always felt like an urban creature and I have always stated that feeling when talking to my friends and relatives. The city is a place that charges, excites and inspires me. In cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Paris and London these levels are accelerated to a point where you can barely take a breath out of the excitement and the attempt to seal everything you feel and see in your memory. The senses are unable to take in and preserve the enormous amount of information and that’s where a camera comes in handy. I select, arrange and compile the gathered material with great care. I play with the scales, the volumes of the subjects and I try to depict or reconstruct those moments of that great feeling of belonging to the whole world.”

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