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Sotiris Panousakis

solo show

Duration: 25.09.19 - 16.11.19

In his solo show 'flip DREAMS', Sotiris Panousakis presents a series of oil paintings on paper and on canvas, continuing to work on a theme based on a mediated, in and out of focus rendering of interiors or unexpected and neglected corners of the city that compose a deeply private diary-like collection of fragments. Through a painstaking process of painting, the pictures he captures lighten up and transcend from the sphere of the trivial and the everyday, into the sphere of what is precious, important and worthy of our attention, opening a window to daydreaming.

Since 2006 and during the course of the current financial crisis in Greece, Panousakis has been shooting and then painting with his characteristic tromp l'oeil technique, street signs and shop windows, entertainment venues, interiors of schools and other public buildings. Architectural details appear at points accurate and photorealistic and elsewhere rough, expressionistic and out of focus, along with ribbons, flags and store signs, that feature as protagonists in his work along with words or phrases like 'DREAMS', 'SUPER STAR', 'kids', 'HELLO_WELLCOME' which transform the natural world to an existential portrait of the artist and our society. His oeuvre –through the depiction of spaces spaces and the associations our mind makes while reading- serves to conjure a new present which ultimately is both dreamy and political.

Bio. Sotiris Panousakis (b.1968, Athens) lives and works in Thessaloniki, GR. In 1996 he completed his postgraduate studies (MA Fine Art) in Goldsmiths College, London, UK. He has presented his work in 9 solo exhibitions in CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Athens (2019 and 2017), TinT gallery, Thessaloniki (2013 and 2009), The Apartment gallery, Athens (2010, 2006, 2004 and 2003) and Marksman gallery, Reading, UK (2007). He has participated in various group exhibitions: most notably 15th Mediterranean Biennial (2011), Thessaloniki, Paint-id (2009), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and Alex Mylona Museum,​Athens, 7th Visual Arts Festival (2007), Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki, Common Place (2005), Epi Kolono Theatre, Athens, International Contemporary Art Fair ARCO Madrid (2004), Madrid, Spain and others.