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Sculpture Exhibition by Greek Artist Opens
Contact: Maria Terrone
Executive Director of Communications
(718) 997-5591
Maria Matteo
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-- Artist is Influenced by His Roots in Greece; Critics Say He
“Transforms the Commonplace into the Beautifully Illuminating” --

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, November 3 - Thursday, December 23, 2004
Where: The Queens College Art Center
6th floor, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY

Gallery Talk/Reception

Thursday, November 4, 2004
5 - 8 pm

Gallery Hours Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm
Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
Closed November 25-26; December 23, open 9 am - 5 pm
Gallery Contacts: For more info: (718) 997-3770
Fee: Free and open to the public

FLUSHING, NY -- Ceramic sculpture by the Greek-born New York City artist Yiannes will be on view at the Queens College Art Center beginning November 3. On Thursday, November 4, the public is cordially invited to a free gallery talk by the artist from 5-6 pm. A reception will follow to 8 pm.

Yiannes: Ceramic Sculpture presents clay and multi-media sculptures selected from the artist's work of the past three decades. Born in Athens, Yiannes immigrated to the United States in 1967 and has drawn on the multiple dimensions of his experience. As American Ceramics magazine editor Ronald Kuchta observed in a 2000 exhibition catalog, Yiannes “has never forgotten his roots and his cultural homeland. His idiom may be thoroughly American—conceptual, abstract expressionist and pop—but the inevitable pull of his original identity never leaves him. It also marks his works.”

The superbly crafted works are grounded in the earth and employ other natural and man-made materials as well, selected and imaginatively used for maximum reality and expressiveness. The natural world and human constructions provide the subjects and forms. The sculptures are animated by Yiannes's civic awareness and social concerns, surreal playfulness, humor, irony and wit. Molded by the nuanced, richly referenced consciousness of an artist thoughtfully and sensitively engaged with his world, the sculptures invoke the poetry of humble everyday things and explore the metaphors of the human condition.

Still Life with Amphora
and Fish
, 1987-89.

“What most clearly established the importance and originality of Yiannes's ceramic sculpture,” said Edmund Keeley of Princeton University on the occasion of Yiannes's early exhibition in New York, “is his synthesis of imaginative craftsmanship and humane thinking. His discovery of subtle surfaces in ordinary things, his transformation of the commonplace into the beautifully illuminating by surprising juxtapositions, and his projection of a serious vision through wit and a cunning playfulness all speak for the essential humanity--a modernized classical humanity--of his unique artistic enterprise.”

Yiannes has exhibited in the United States and in Europe and is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. He has also organized exhibitions of ceramic art and produced and directed video-films, most recently The Metamorphosis of the Bottle (2001).

An alumnus of the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the New School for Social Research in New York and recipient of prestigious fellowships, awards and grants, Yiannes has lectured at educational and art institutions in New York and California. He has taught at several colleges and art schools in New York and is currently an adjunct professor in the Queens College Art Department. Photographs, biographical, and sales information are available upon request.

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