'Float' features a series of images photographed in Greece of underwater figures that become nearly abstract because of the particularity of the cyanotype process.
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 05, 2014
NY based photographer and artist APOIAN (http://www.APOIAN.net) will feature large scale mosaic cyanotype prints in his exhibition ‘Float’ at the Melina Mercouri Gallery this Fall in Hydra, Greece . The show runs from September 6th through 15th, 2014. His work utilizes an original photo technique developed in the early 1800’s that employs the sun for its printing process and results in artwork that mirrors a Aegean blue color so prevalent in Greece. APOIAN’s technique pushes the boundary between the natural and the artistic creating beautiful and alluring images. APOIAN has created a dramatic mosaic presentation that transforms original single images into large more complex and resonating visuals. The work grabs and holds the observers attention.
APOIAN created the majority of the pieces in 2013 when he was ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Costa Navarino Resort (http://www.costanavarino.com/en/experience/navarino-art.html) in the Messina region of western Peloponnese. That art platform was curated by Dimitrios Antonitisis, founder of the internationally known Hydra School Projects. (http://www.hydraislandgreece.com/hydra-school-project/)
'Float' features a series of images photographed in Greece of underwater figures that become nearly abstract because of the particularity of the cyanotype process. This process was one of the first forms of photography developed by John Herschell in England in 1830. It involves the application of a chemical solution to paper, a negative overlay and then exposure to the sun. When developed the remaining image features a palette of blue tones that has a feel to them that is almost magical.
“Going from film to digital, I was inspired to return to the old techniques that were the original bases for photography. Cyanotypes was the perfect way to meld the blues of the Aegean to the aquatic images,” says APOIAN.
The island of Hydra, Greece is a singularly distinct artistic hub in the Mediterranean. Located on the picturesque port of the small island of Hydra is the Melina Mercouri Gallery, a gallery dedicated to the exhibition of seasoned artists for exhibitions and performances. The gallery will feature APOIAN’s solo show from September 6th through September 15th. Opening hours are: weekdays 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM; weekends 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Opening reception will be held at 7:00 PM on September 6th. Admission is free. For more information contact: float(at)apoian(dot)net.
About Jeffrey Apoian
A New York based photographer who has long embraced alternative photo techniques, APOIAN utilizes some of the oldest photography techniques as an artistic form to create his distinct mosaic style art. He has been featured in previous shows curated by Greek artist and curator, Dimitrios Antonitsis, in the Hydra School Projects.
APOIAN developed his passion for photography when he was ten years old and his mother presented him with a photo developing kit. He hasn’t looked back since. He is a photographer who is fascinated by most subject matter and the photographic mediums offered through the ages. Known for his professional work with beauty and fashion, his style is classic and modern.
APOIAN’s photography has been seen on magazine covers and in editorials throughout Europe and the United States: Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire and various art magazines. His clients range from Clinique to Victoria’s Secret. His editorial, advertising and cd cover subjects include; Yoko Ono, Sting, Chloe Sevigny, Christy Turlington, Ellen Burstyn and Willie Nelson. http://www.jeffreyapoian.com
Working primarily from his New York City based photography studio, APOIAN traveled to Greece to capture the underwater images for his current cyanotype series. His artwork can be viewed at http://www.APOIAN.net