Stir Gallery is pleased to present “In search of a composition," an exhibition
of paintings by Greek artist Yorgos Papageorgiou, who has lived and painted
in China for the past five years. His works have been exhibited at Today Art
Museum, Yishu8 gallery in Beijing and Shanghai's Expo.
Yorgos's paintings in this exhibition were created during his stay in Beijing.
They are emotional records, rather than historical records, of his living
experience in China, although he often uses old photographs that he has
collected from flea markets throughout Beijing. These photographs collaged
in the paintings add a dimension not only in spatial terms but also in
psychological layers. They are reminiscences of a culture in which the eerie
recent past has been quickly displaced by the noisy present. Rather than
trying to capture signs of the outward physical experience of culture, the
artist looks inward in search of emotional connection.
The paintings often consist of repetitions of grids and patterns that visualize
the sensation of composition such in both music and poetry. Beauty lies
within subtle rhythms, which transcend complex emotions through artist's
rendering of sensuous lines, shapes, texture, colours and torn paper. The
visual elements are arranged in almost perfect harmony and yet are full of
potentials that would cause "chemical reaction." Whether these potentials
are created consciously or unconsciously by the artist, the delicate act of
composing requires the right amount of both passion and calm. Yorgos is
in search of a composition, of a balance, as if his paintings were a piece of
music that is composed of universal notes.