“Spirit of Gold” Exhibition by Thomas Xenakis in Washington D.C.

“Spirit of Gold” Exhibition by Thomas Xenakis in Washington D.C.

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The exhibition “Spirit of Gold” by Thomas Xenakis was inaugurated on February 3rd, at the Embassy of Greece in Washington D.C., by the Ambassador of Greece to the USA Mr. Christos Panagopoulos. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Panagopoulos praised the work of Xenakis, noting the series of transitions and transformations on visualizing spirituality, from a strictly divine artistic form towards a more secular and abstract expression, that characterize his work. Visual artist, Thomas Xenakis, welcomed and thanked the audience and briefly explained the symbolic and reflective nature of his work.

The exhibition will be on view at the Embassy of Greece through February 29th, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. More information at: Embassy of Greece website.

From his website:

The impetus to much of my work is derived from the sacred icon of the Eastern Church. The process and product of the traditional holy image is important in the development of these secular works. The abstraction of the human form and representational subject, that does exist in the traditional icon, is further dissolved in this art. Communicating these images invites dialogue and helps to share the concerns of our humanity and divinity, important in our contemporary world. The power, beauty, and mystery of the process enthralls the visual artist. This opportunity to make art clarifies questions I address visually. Inevitably the products raise new mysteries which open new avenues of investigation and adventure.

Xenakis showcases 26 pieces of work from his ongoing series titled XPYSO (GOLD), which is inspired by the scarred and defaced surfaces of the Medieval Byzantine iconographic image.  The technical layers of the icon panel are wood (sometimes paper, acrylic or glass), glue, linen, gesso, bole, gold, paint, and varnish. Manipulation of the surfaces creates dimension through sculpting, carving, punching, weaving, incising, and stamping using both additive and subtractive methods. These contemporary works are abstract and dimensional. Precious metals – primarily gold – are used to communicate light, color, and precious, and reflective qualities. While most of the works are abstractions with little iconography or imagery, one can visualize and appreciate the unique visual dimensions of his arts especially around the context of Eastern Byzantine Iconography.

Thomas Xenakis teaches drawing, painting, and design at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and Prince Georges Community College in Largo, Maryland. He has taught painting and drawing at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, and Northern Virginia Community College. He has been involved in many study abroad tenures to Greece and Italy in academic programs. Thomas is continually working in his Washington DC studio and maintains an artist studio near Perugia, Umbria, Italy, as well. He is represented in collections throughout the United States, Greece, France and Germany. Since 2003 Thomas has been working on an ongoing series of sculpted and painted mixed media gilded panels with a variety of precious metals, titled XPYSO (GOLD).

For more information on Thomas Xenakis, please visit his website http://www.xenakisarts.com/

Photos from opening night of the exhibit: February 3rd, 2016

 

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