Algis Kemezys' BORN IN STONE

2 March 2015

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, Athens, Greece; opening January 19 @ 6 p.m., until March 15, 2015

Internationally exhibited photographic artist Algis Kemezys, will be showing his recent work, Born in Stone (composite photographs of stone and ancient Greek sculpture) in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece in 2015. Photographed in the Hellenistic world (Greece and Asia Minor), as well as in the Louvre and the British Museum, the sculptures depicted in this work are the most iconic and magnificent examples of Greek sculpting, the kind that has been imitated, but never quite equaled, for the last two and a half millennia.

The stone, which forms the backgrounds of the photographs, is also from antiquity. Kemezys chose the holy rock upon which sits the Athenian Acropolis, and that of the famed quarries of Paros Island, whose pure-white, translucent marble inspired the greatest work of Phideas and of Praxiteles. The fusion of the perfect, life-like sculptures to the stone from which they sprung makes for images that linger in the pleasure centers of the mind as they propel the imagination into mythology. They tell the tales of a storied civilization whose artistry has informed the very roots of western culture. The museum's former director, Dr. George Kakavàs, declared Born in Stone the most original interpretation of ancient sculpture that he has ever seen.

This interest in sculpture and the infinite visual possibilities of stone is an on-going theme in Kemezys' work. It began in childhood, when his mother showed him that he could find "faces" on stone, and culminated in his award-winning, hour-long documentary Mimetoliths, a visual poem to the anthropomorphic rocky highlights of the island of Crete (Greece). This latest work continues the quest into the artistry that resides in stone all around us.

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