Zoumboulakis Galleries, while actively attempting to map the contemporary Greek art within the past few years, is introducing the work of young artists. Recognizing its historical mark, the gallery chooses to wander along with artists on their first steps into the art world, in order to accompany them throughout their careers.
The “Substratum” exhibition introduces the work of Dimitris Efeoglou and Despina Flessa. The show is aiming to bring forth the common ground of the two artist’s method by going through their contradictions.
The concept of transformation is central to both artist’s process; they both wish to swift the understanding of material bodies and things. Their creations are studies on the limits/boundaries of material properties, specifically, the properties of paper and graphite.
The form of Dimitris Efeoglou’s work is defined by its own repetitive rhythm. The deconstruction of the painted surface, made apparent by the punch holes he introduces on it, suggests to the beholder the possibility to walk through the stages of the work’s production process.
The drawing gestures of Despina Flessa creates a context of spatial and mental experiments. Representation; texture; reflection; monochrome paper surfaces suspended in space; the shapes and parts of the graphite sculptures; everything is part and fragment of the dense drawing and shading that maintains the surface within it.
Dimitris Efeoglou was born in Drama, in 1986. He studied at the Fine Arts School of the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki at the department of Fine and Applied Arts. He is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Since 2009 he has been part of many group shows. The “Substratum” exhibition will be his third solo show and his first at Zoumboulakis Galleries. He lives and works in Athens.
Despina Flessa was born in Athens in 1986. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, in 2012. In 2010 she studied at Edinburgh College of Art at the Painting Department while been on an Erasmus scholarship. Between 2013 and 2015 she continued her postgraduate studies for the Master of Fine Arts at the Athens Fine Arts School. The “Substratum” exhibition is her first show at Zoumboulakis Galleries. At the moment she is in the making of her first solo show to be presented in Moscow. She lives and works in Athens.