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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019 13 CULTURE carry my camera with me, and I shoot things that I find interesting," he muses. "I read a lot about art, I visit galleries and I study and follow the works of artists I like. I collect art-books and photobooks and I revisit them often for inspiration. In a new series I am working now, I expanded the power of the camera lens by adding some special filters I developed," he enthuses. "I am able to take abstract expressionistic and surrealistic photos without much post processing. Therefore, some of these images will be shown for first time in a group show in July at Southbank." Has his Greek identity influenced his work? Of course. "I believe the way you Photo from the multi-awarded book Dream State. of abstraction, colour, light, space and minimalism through the photo-media. "There are some organisations and art galleries that support artists in various ways; Brunswick Street Gallery is one of them," he stresses. "They give artists the opportunity to showcase their work and also to see how industry experts rate their work. I believe this is very important opportunity for an emerging artist who wants to enter the highly competitive and oversaturated art industry." The 'Sovereign Sun' series was inspired by Messinis' poetic composition 'Έαρ το Πρώτο'. The artworks in this series are combined with intensely coloured circles, minimalistic colourful compositions that depict light, its spectrum, and the chromatic effects of its separation. "Based on actual photos of the sun taken at the terrace of the Hamer Hall of the Arts Centre in Melbourne, the photos were transformed in digital post-production to new non-representative visual forms, that represent their own reality," he describes. "The visual impact of these new abstract forms is maximised by the deliberately blurred transitional zones between the colors, giving the impression of movement, like the colours are dancing on the picture plane." If it sounds poetic and mesmerising, it is probably because it is. Constantly experimenting on photography in relation to painting and poetry is Messinis' second nature, a nature drenched in the hues of Informalism, Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism.. "I am going out and I always express yourself as an artist, is always influenced by your background," he says. "My poetry contains a lot of ancient Greek and religious symbolism and imagery. The same with my photography. Our rich mythology, history and culture and the unique Greek landscape inspires and influences my work. The Sovereign Sun series for example is all about the sun!" "If you did not live in Greece you cannot feel 100 per cent these works," he highlights. But isn't art a universal language? For the Greek Australian artist, the question "what art is" remains unanswered. "There are many theories and perceptions about art," he believes. "I could say that for me, art is the creative expression of my thoughts, emotions and desires, and the way I perceive and experience the world. I like what Greek painter Dimitris Mytaras wrote: 'Art is like a volcanic eruption'..." Catch him at the 'CLICK 19' finalists's exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery, from 12 to 28 April 2019. To see more of his work go to www.instagram. com/messinis_art/ Rebetien performed live at our offices on Thursday. PHOTO: VANGELIS KARAKASIS Rebetien live at Neos Kosmos G reek band of four, Rebetien is in Australia for the Melbourne Rebetiko Festival taking place this weekend at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Accordion player Avgerini Gatsi, guitarist Kostis Kostakis and bouzouki master Fotis Vergopoulos will also be offering vocals accompanied by Yiannis Zarias’ violin. Rebetien will perform songs and themes mostly derived from Greek traditional music repertoire, as well as compositions of their own. They will be joined by local international rebetes. Staff at our offices were treated to Rebetien’s nostalgic sound on Thursday afternoon during an exclusive live performance at the newspaper’s offices. The rebetiko quartet, set up a mini stage in our newsroom and offered melodies reminiscent of the gramophone records’ period merged with Eastern Mediterranean and Balkan musical traditions. Their natural, acoustic sound of the instruments performing bought back memories combines with lyrics that spoke to our hearts. Rebetien’s strongly improvisational disposition and melancholic mood travelled us all the way from Smyrna to central Greece. See Reberien perform live on Saturday 23 March 2019 from 3pm-10pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre (31 Sturt Street, Southbank). Tickets: standard $69 ($55 Concession) with groups of 10+ at $58.65. Sorry, Wrong Bed ‘Sorry, Wrong Bed’ is a hilarious black comedy with performances in Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne. ' Sovereign Sun IX - The winner of the second prize of 2018 Fifty Squared Art Prize orry, Wrong Bed’, the award-winning black comedy, winner of Best Theatrical Play in 2017-2018, had audiences hooked from the start at the Sydney premiere. A couple pull up at a mysterious-looking motel for a rest after an exhausting drive. Nothing seems to work in the hotel, and the manager has an eerie air about him. It doesn’t take long S for a strange chain of events to unleash with unexpected outcomes. Chaos, unexpected secrets and all manner of misunderstandings lead to a hilarious exploration of themes around human relationships. “We trust you enjoy Sorry Wrong Bed and have as much fun with it as we had producing it,” Miller said. The cast and crew delivered an amazing performance in Greek with English subtitles. Performances of ‘Sorry, Wrong Bed ‘run through to 14 April at Mytilenean House (225 Canterbury Road, Canterbury) in Sydney, before the production travels to Wollongong’s City Diggers (82 Church Street) on 5 May and Doncaster Secondary College (123 Church Road, Doncaster) in Melbourne on 18-19 May.
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