Exhibition: The Odyssey Within
A new exhibition is coming to Agora Gallery next week. Starting on the 15th December and continuing until the 5th of January, The Odyssey Within showcases the work of contemporary Greek and Italian artists and brings their expressions of their own personal journeys to the heart of New York City.
Although the title is obviously reminiscent of the works of antiquity, it is clear that these modern-day artists are based firmly in the world around them, and bring their unique understandings of their personal and national surroundings to bear in their work. Wholly contemporary, the works yet maintain a connection to their European roots and present this aspect to us for our enjoyment and illumination.
Also evident in this exhibition is a sense of exploration of the human condition, a desire to plumb the depths of the human psyche and reveal both the confusion and the beauty that hides within. Perhaps the Mediterranean influence in the background contributes to the building of this atmosphere of quiet discovery, which possesses intriguing charm.
There is, however, considerable variety to be found within the scope of the exhibition. United in some regards, nonetheless each artist contributes their own touch and flair, to the benefit of the show as a whole, bringing color and light to the winter days.
Introspection and inner reflection are evident in much of the exhibition, as personal narrative and experience inform both individual works and the tone of the collection. Yet it also contains, both in contrast and in complement, examples of great visual effect, stunning and surprising in what is sometimes almost an act of artistic bravado. The combination is a winning one, and must be seen to be fully appreciated.
Exhibition dates: December 15, 2009 – January 5, 2010
Reception: Thursday, December 17, 2009 6-8 PM
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Featured artists: Aristi, Tommaso Arscone, Maurizio Bassi, Simone Berrini, Leonardo Ciccarelli, Symona Colina, Marco Antonio Didu, Ligia Dorina Dumitrache, Fotis Galanopoulos, Gio, Bruno Greco, Jeanfilip, Michelangelo Mandich, Hariclia Michailidou, Francesco Mino, Amedeo Palazzi, Costas Petrides, Occhi Pinti, Alberto Quoco, Chrys Roboras, Marialuisa Sabato, Luca Scopetti, Marialuisa Sponga, Vania Stefou, Leanne Talbot