Exhibition duration: 3rd JULY – 31st AUGUST 2017
Location: Ionian Parliament, Corfu, Greece
Curator: Sozita Goudouna
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE & SPORTS
Supporters: Matt Straughen, La Tour Melas
With thanks to the Municipality of Corfu, The Municipal Gallery of Corfu and Corfu Holiday Palace
Participating artists: Dimitris Zouroudis ~ Katerina Zacharopoulou ~ Antonis Tsakiris ~ Adonis Volanakis ~ Kostis Velonis ~ Filippos Tsitsopoulos ~ Danae Stratou ~ Aggelos Skourtis ~ Christina Sgouromiti ~ George Sampsonidis ~ Nana Sachini ~ Nikos Navridis ~ Marina Provatidou ~ Artemis Potamianou~ Brigitte Polemis ~ Hara Piperidou ~ Aemilia Papaphilippou ~ Antonia Papatzanaki~ Nikos Papadopoulos~ Margarita Myrogianni ~ Maro Michalakakos ~ Leon Michail ~ Iliodora Margellos ~ Christos Kostoulas (Captain) ~ Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos ~ Peggy Kliafa ~ Maria Katrantzi ~ Irini Karayannopoulou ~ Nikos Kanarelis ~ Sofia Housou ~ Aspassio Haronitaki ~ Cleopatra Haritou ~ Yioula Hadjigeorgiou ~ Kleio Gizeli ~ Maria Georgoula ~ Sandra Christou ~ Venia Bechraki ~ Rania Bellou ~ Evgenia Apostolou ~ Lydia Andrioti
Peggy Kliafa participates in the show with the artworks:
Medicinal Plants: Canabis Sativa L. (Marijuana), 2013, 49,5×38,5 cm. Tempera on paper
Medicinal Plants: Papaver Somniferum L. (Opium), 2013, 49,5×38,5 cm. Tempera on paper
A Certain Blue of the Sea is so Blue that only Blood would be more Red*
A CERTAIN BLUE OF THE SEA
The history of art is inseparable from the history of colour and in this history, blue has always been associated with vastness, ‘blue has no dimensions. It is beyond dimensions,’ as Yves Klein described.
Ultramarine blue derives from lapis lazuli, a gemstone that for centuries could only be found in a single mountain range in Afghanistan. For hundreds of years, the cost of lapis lazuli rivaled even the price of gold.
Humans with reduced blue sensitivity have difficulty identifying differences between blue and yellow, violet and red and blue and green. To these humans our ecosphere appears as generally red, pink, black, white, grey and turquoise. Blue appears green and yellow appears violet or light grey for humans with tritanopia, namely, for those who lack blue cone cells.
Visual perception is one of the most important mediums for our acquisition of knowledge and for our experience of our environment, of the physical world including our own bodies and others, while, colour is one of the most dominant components of our perception. Nevertheless, the physical world and the world of objects do not contain colour and aren’t coloured as we experience them. Colour isn’t a physical property of objects, thus, our blood is not red, the sea isn’t blue, the trees aren’t green…
The colour appearance of an object can be changed by changing the colour of light that shines on it and the colour of visible light depends on its wavelength. White light is composed of all of the colours of the rainbow, because it contains all wavelengths, and it is described as polychromatic light. Colour glows with the light of the radiant sun and creates a relentless spectacle of sheer visibility, of an intense luminosity that can even be blinding.
Drawing from our different perceptions of colour, colour vision deficiency and even “achromatopsia” (total colour blindness), the 40 participating artists of the Group Exhibition will trace the different interpretations of the notion of colour as sensation, visual and sensorial experience, psychological property of visual experiences, mental property, representation and construction of the brain.
The group exhibition aspires to showcase the achievements of Contemporary Greek art in relation to the particular character of Corfu, the Greek Islands and Greece, as well as to contribute to a fruitful dialogue between art, history and tourism, with a view to reinforce contemporary Greek culture.
The programme is inaugurated at the Ionian Parliament on the 4th of July (OPENING RECEPTION 7TH JULY 7PM) in the context of Corfu Challenge 2017 that is organized by the Marina Gouvia Sailing Club, with the cooperation of the International Maxi Association (IMA) and the Maxi 72 Class.
In this context, “A CERTAIN BLUE OF THE SEA” aims to trigger a new form of mobility throughout the Ionian Sea that will have as a starting point art and culture.
* See Maurice Merleau-Ponty_The Visible and the Invisible