Art lovers may become a little side-tracked this time of year what with Christmas bazaars, music and festive plays but there is still plenty to see for those interested in non-seasonal creativity and beauty.
Still on is the painting exhibition by Christodoulos Panayiotou entitled Pulp Painting, which will remain on display until December 23 in Nicosia.
The exhibition, which is being presented by NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre – presents a series of new pulp paintings, in which the artist replaces common paper pulp with pulp made from discarded Euro banknotes, of all denominations (from a five-euro note to a 500-euro note), acquired by the Bank of France. These were withdrawn and demonetised by the Central European Bank as new notes were issued.
Yiannis Toumatzis, the curator of the exhibition said “this is not the first time that Panayiotou experiments, albeit in a quasi-technical and scientific way, with a specific technique (in this case pulp painting) to question contemporary social, political and financial structures and to critically contest the globalised cultural milieu that we operate in.”
One example is Panayiotou’s large-scale ceramic-floors, exhibited among other places at Documenta 13 in Kassel (2012) and at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2013-2014), where he replaced the pumped water traditionally used in the manufacture of terracotta tiles with saltwater from the Mediterranean.
Also on until today is the group exhibition Bloodline in Limassol.
Bloodline bring three generations of artists together. John Sabry, Katie Sabry and Alex Welch are part of the pop up exhibition displaying sculptures, paintings, mosaics and photographs.
John Sabry’s photographs show an almost vanished side of Cyprus with rare and beautiful photos of the now occupied areas of Cyprus – Kyrenia, Karpas peninsula, Bellapais, as well as very personal pictures of family and friends.
The paintings and mosaics by Katie Sabry’s are under the name Fragments, so called because although she tries not to be political in her work, the word popped into her mind after a friend said ‘what a funny island, it’s all chopped up and owned by different countries,’ the artist said.
“So here are my fragments,” Sabry said “small oil paintings of places I love, some in the republic, some in the occupied areas, and some in the sovereign base areas. My other fragments are combined paintings under mosaic.”
Welch’s sculptures on display were created over a period of three years, using a variety of techniques and materials to communicate the subject matter of Reflections.
While these two exhibitions are still going on, there are two that are getting ready to come into the light. The first is the solo photograph exhibition by Ioanna Markidou and the second is the group exhibition Reprint.
Markidou will display her latest collection of photographs as of tomorrow at 6X6 Centre for Photography in Limassol at 7pm. This is Markidou’s second solo photograph exhibition and it is entitled With and Without You – Emotions. It will remain open until December 23.
Reprint is a group printmaking exhibition, which will also open tomorrow at Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum in Nicosia at 7pm.
For the first time the exhibition will present a selection of engravings from the Museum’s collection alongside new works by eight Cypriot printmaking artists.
The selected works from the collection features works by both Greek and Cypriot.
As for the participating artists, each artist proposed two words which reveal the outcome of their work based on the engravings they selected from the collection.
The encounter of the exhibiting works conveys the approach of two different generations, that of traditional engraving manifested in the works of the collection and the evolution of the medium today by the participating artists.
Solo exhibition by Christodoulos Panayiotou. Until December 23. Bank of Cyprus Building, Kalispera Traffic Lights, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm. Tel: 22-797400
Group exhibition. Until December 14. Beat Bazaar, 20 Chatziloizo Michailidi Street, Limassol. 11am-11pm. Tel: 99-849560
With and Without You-emotions
Solo photography exhibition by Ioanna Markidou. Opens December 15 at 7pm until December 23. 6X6 Centre for Photography. 19 Ipeirou Street, Limassol 3040. Monday – Friday: 9am-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 25-354810. Email: [email protected]
Printmaking exhibition. Opens December 15 at 7pm until January 13. Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum. 27 Arch. Makarios III Ave, 1020 Kaimakli, Nicosia. Monday to Friday: 8am-2pm. Tel: 22-456099 or 22-456093. Email: [email protected]