Reflections of Origin - Patras


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Contemporary Art Festival
Reflections of Origin

November 2017 - February 2018
opening: Wednesday, 22 November 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

at The Hellenic Open University – Distance Library and Information Center,
183, Patron Clauss st., 26335, Patras

The Hellenic Open University, as co-organizer, hosts the International Contemporary Art Festival Orange Water 3 in Patras. The art exhibition Reflections of Origin will be held at the Distance Library and Information Center, in Patras, from November 2017 to February 2018.

The Festival constitutes a cultural bridge between Greece and Holland with exhibitions of painting, sculpture, video art, photography and installations by renowned artists from Greece, Holland and other countries. During 2015 (Orange Water 1) and 2016 (Orange Water 2) there have been 91 participations hosted at 21 reputed venues and museums under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Dutch Embassy. In 2017, Orange Water 3 started its journey in Santorini, at the Santorini Arts Factory (SAF) and is continuing its course to the rest of Greece, to be concluded in 2018 with activities abroad. The festival aspires to incorporate more fields of arts while collaborating with art platforms and associations such as: Focus Europa (Germany), Bildrecht (Austria) and t-short (Greece).

In the current exhibition the participating artists are: Ad Arma, Nikos Basias, Tita Bonatsou, Eugenie Coumantaros, Apostolis Fanakidis, Truus van den Heuvel, Frans Horbach, Katerina Kaloudi, Yiannis Markantonakis, Irene Mavrommati & George Birbilis, Gert van Oortmerssen, Spyridoula Politi, Henk Puts, Mohammed Quraish, Yiota Skarveli, Mark Verdoes, Barbara de Vries, Digna Weiss and Apostolis Zolotakis, who is the curator of the exhibition. Selected students’ work of the Applied Arts School will be displayed in parallel, from students of the module: Graphic Design, coordinated by Irene Mavrommati, assistant Professor at the AAS, H.O.U.

Reflections of Origin

The origin of human is common. This same origin applies not only to humans but also to their brain functions, perception and so forth. In a MRI image we can trace the exact activities and the place they happen in the brain. If, for example, we read the sentence «two cats walk in the yard», we can see this thought passing in our mind. If we look at this image or we read this sentence the result will be the same no matter which language we speak. The alphabet of human thinking is universal. The mind has a common vocabulary.

This does not mean that there are not deviations in the way the beholders perceive the same stimulus. This has to do with the psychological status of the perceiver, his or her knowledge, even his or her emotional status at that given moment; this status will grant the perceiver a personal touch of given experience. If this may happen to a perceiver, something similar happens to the artist when he or she creates art. Artists, each one in his or her own technique, choose the way to reflect the meaning of a subject. In this exhibition, they manage to attach to the meaning of origin the spirituality lingering in a place; connecting it with the movement from a starting point to a destination; with the origin of certain representations in abstract geological formations; with its identification with the light; with the energy and science in the renowned CERN accelerator experiment of the Higgs boson; as well as with other pictorial proposals.

A. Z.