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The passing of time etched in stone

Tonight Gallery Kypriaki Gonia will present the second solo exhibition by Spyros Agathou under the name Remembrance.

Time is a necessary condition for memory. In an endless present – in a never ending here and now – there is no memory. And even though the passage of time creates memory, it simultaneously wears it down, causing losses and distortions. Just as the sea erodes the earth, creating rocks, pebbles, sand and oblivion. It is precisely this dual action that forms the elements – words, emotions and acts – which make us into the outcome of this flow of time.

Agathou sheds light on the creative union between time and memory, portraying it as the privileged place of aesthetic fulfillment in this exhibition. He presents works of art that bring to light the passing of time with cracks, the weighing down of elements and the almost faded away effects of colour. All the names of his engraving pieces point to some aspect of time, for example, Since then, Until then, While, and Just now. So by bringing together the image of passing time and naming them with an instance of time the viewer can consider what their image of the same timeframe would look like for them.

Agathou was born in 1976 in Nicosia, and lives and works in Larnaca. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Pietro Vannucci Perugia, Italy, where he attended a four-year programme in Painting. He graduated with honours and distinction. In 2003 he followed a Postgraduate degree in Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art at the University Complutense, Madrid, Spain.

In 2002 he was awarded with distinction at the contest of Engraving Third Premio Giovanni Biella per l’incisione 2002 in Italy. In 2010, his engraving work was honourably mentioned at the competition Telemachos Kanthos. In 2014 he received the second prize in Engraving in the same competition.

In October 2007 he presented his first solo exhibition entitled MIMNISKO at the Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca. He has participated in many group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad.

Since 2007 he has been one of the founders of the interactive educational workshop for children in Larnaca, together with Antonis Tziarrides.
Dr Savvas Christodoulidis, Artist and Assistant Professor of Frederick University, will introduce the works tonight during the opening of the exhibition

Remembrance II
Solo exhibition by Spyros Agathos. Opens October 14 at 7.30pm until October 29. Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, 45 Stadiou Street, Larnaca. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm. Sunday: 4.30pm-7.30pm. Tel: 24-621109

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