The Blender Gallery is pleased to present Alexis Avlamis’ online exclusive solo exhibition “Cosmographies”. The homonymous series includes nine works on canvas, created with colored acrylics, pens and pencils and one artwork where the ancient technique of encaustic (hot-wax painting) is employed.
Through improvisation, intuition and by tapping into a stream of consciousness, Avlamis organically constructs “landscapes of the mind” aiming at a cosmic unity.
Noteworthy artist Alexis Avlamis practice follows in the footsteps of the Surrealists Automatism. His enigmatic mindscapes merge the outer space, science fiction, various vector silhouettes, mythology, the east and the west, the nature and the artifice through a whimsical urge for exploration and adventure. In the Cosmographies series, pointillism is combined with highly controlled strokes and a rich palette, which make the artist’s vocabulary unique. The circle is a recurring shape, manifested as an infinite amount. The series includes works, where the cyclical movement defines the composition, as colorful entities drawn with acrylic, pen and colored pencils are theatrically swept across the edges of the canvas, forming mystical landscapes, reminiscing of nature’s wholeness and the universe’s infinity. In other occasions, the fragile, colorful details are arranged in small swirls at various points of the surface, forming cartographical landscapes reflecting the artist's sensitive psyche. By changing the eye level, some works employ multiple points of view and invite the viewer to become part of it, while others are made in the third person of view and set a scene that is viewed as if on stage. The audience is invited to immerse in the artist’s dreamscapes or to merely cast his gaze upon the symphony of visuals the artist has poetically and patiently orchestrated. Being a nature lover, Avlamis has learned to pay attention – he observes sounds, smells, vision, textures, patterns, and light casting shadows on the terrain that charge his drive for exploration. The mountain ranges and natural phenomena, which intimidated Avlamis as a kid, evoking fears and wonder, are now infused in his artistic practice. He absorbs the surrounding environment, allowing it to penetrate his personal memories, impulses and imagination. “I realized that seeing and visualizing brings personal awareness into play and demands active engagement. In this dreaming state, both night and day, inaccessible ideas may become realities. I build and compose different groups of images from these illusionary states, leading me to mindscapes. Through these journeys, I gain a heightened sense of whimsy, which in return infuses my practice” he has said to explain the symbiosis of existing and fabricated visuals in his mystical work.
About the artist:
Avlamis holds a BFA degree with honors from the Athens School of Fine Arts (2002). Exhibitions, art fairs, publications and residencies around the globe followed. He is a laureate of the International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai (Drawing and Illustration) and a winner of the 6th ArtSlant Showcase Prize (Mixed media). He currently lives and creates at his “sanctuary” farm in the Ionian island of Kefalonia, experiencing nature and its biodiversity there.
Alexis Avlamis has attended artist residencies in China, United States and Finland, has been published and interviewed internationally (most notable Art21's blog: Inside the Artist's Studio) and works may be found in private and museum collections, such as the Djurhuus Collection, Denmark and the Henan Art Museum’s collection, China.