10 - 24 February 2017
Iasonas Venetsanopoulos presented his second personal exhibition, “There is another world, but it is inside this one”, curated by art historian Matina Haralampi. A series of whimsical miniature ink-on-paper drawings composed a bizarre parallel universe of personal symbols and forms, with humour lying at its core.
In the curator’s words, “Venetsanopoulos’ bizarre creatures have a strange way of interacting with each other, always hiding a melancholic solitude behind their comical facade. Either appearing in groups or spurting out of the paper by themselves, they all carry a distinct narrative, a story that the artist intentionally leaves open for the viewer to complete. This is the reason why the illustrative elements of the drawings are frugal. They are only limited to those details necessary to generate imaginary scenarios like the haiku rhymes, the brevity of which leaves them open to interpretation. Hence, each drawing is a fragment, like pages of a storybook scattered randomly arround the space”.
Iasonas Venetsanopoulos was born in Athens in 1984 and graduated from the School of Visual and applied Arts, A.U.TH.
He is a painter, scenographer and performer, while he is an active member of the “Kinitiras” theatre and dance team. Recently, his aim to discover his identity and to form his personal expressive idiom in painting led him to studying counselling through Athens Synthesis Center. Among other countries, he has lived in Indonesia and Spain.
While he presented his second personal exhibition, many of his works are already hosted by private collections.