ViennaJulia Avramidis: Nichts als Bilder mit Licht und Bewegung
Complexity is a central aspect in the perception of Julia Avramidi’s art. One level of particular importance is the paper or the canvas itself on them excerpts of the color worlds manifest themselves, which go far beyond the spatial delimitation of the visible background image.
The starting point and the only real measurable parameter is your own height, which is what you define freely, especially in the case of large-format works drawn graphic elements.
The motifs of the works vary depending on how you look at them between landscapes and sculptural ones shapes, painted architectures or abstracted figurative references to El Greco or Jacopo da Pontormo.
This multifaceted view begins with the start of the painting process itself, with the very first free line. There is no preliminary drawing, every line, every overpainting is one reaction to the previous level. It is a painting that reflects on the painting itself. Accordingly, the works have no titles, they are pictures, and each one stands for itself as singular position without title or other additional designation. The complexity takes place in the Image and is free of externally superimposed levels.
Through the act of crossing the edges of the picture through the endless line over several sheets of paper, Avramidis creates serial works, each of which stands as a solitary position, and are connected to each other at the same time. The works with one another are like a mycelium interwoven, but the interweaving is mostly hidden under layers of paint and invisible only emerge sporadically. This organic aspect unites all works, regardless of color spectrum or format.
The complexity is also emphasized by the different materials used. Markers, oil paint dissolved with turpentine, pastel chalk, linseed oil varnish and aerosol form this basic repertoire for Avramidi’s creative process. The movement is characteristic. The graphic element, the free drawing is a testimony to the dynamism of the execution of the line, the lightness of the aerosols contrasts with the powerful, broad brushstrokes.
Those in the exhibition “Nothing but Paintings with Light and Movement” in the Ernst Hilger Gallery presented works combine the artistic graphic and painterly act with the natural play of light and shadow.
These positions visualize the approach, not the pursuit of the one, final one Avramidi’s works focus on truth, but rather on the beginning of a thought process. An impetus to become aware of oneself in relation to the world. This reflects this intention is reflected in the diversity of the techniques used, the material variations and, above all, one Cross-genre curiosity.
A separation of the classical genres of painting, sculpture, poetry, music and architecture is not possible; Avramidi’s biography and creative impulse are too intertwined with the respective genres. Again and again the positions confront the viewer with them inherent duality of sculpture and painting, a tension between two and three-dimensionality, a graphically represented musical rhythm or one of a poem-inspired line.
Jan Gustav Fiedler, Vienna May 2021
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna