Yiannis Parmakelis: Column (2006)

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The artwork «Column» was presented during Yiannis Parmakelis’ solo exhibition titled «Mechanics, 1978-2006» in the summer of 2006

The work is a prominent example of the artist’s sculptural practice since 1978 and is based on a new iconographic vocabulary stemming from principles of geometry, constructivist compositions, and various formal and typologic combinations. Made of metal, as most of the artist’s sculptures, it maintains the traditional formal appearance of a column combined with Parmakelis’ morpho-plastic idiom, which is characterised by utterly contemporary, expressionist, geometric and constructivist statements. One could argue that Parmakelis comes into contact with an entirely Greek element, the ancient pillars, and imports is to the present. However, while forging a contemporary shape and substance, he also imports to the present the anthropocentric values of antiquity.


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