We present Vassilis Karakatsani's latest works under the title “Distinct District”. A visual approach to the Athenian landscape through personal experiences, where each painting is a true story that has played out in the concrete environment of districts in Athens and Piraeus.
Distinct District, is a personal journal with churches as bookmarks, identifying each region. These are ‘distinct’ points, which do not depict reality but rather sum up the artist’s feelings and, through this virtual reality, presumably the viewer’s too. Furniture, objects, insects and animals stand out against the urban grid, evoking our effort for an urban way of life – at times authentic, at times not. There is asceticism and abstraction in the depiction of the urban landscape, and humorous symbolism, as the artist states his personal conclusions and acceptance of reality. An acceptance and affirmation that required a 36-year artistic journey in order to be expressed. In most of his thematic collections, Vassilis deciphers the urban landscape as an internal process, where the surrounding space is presented as a surprise, and as theatrical action.