New York.- Vicki James Yiannias
Photos: Dimitrios Panagos
Mahy Polymeropoulos was on hand to greet her fans as well as new enthusiasts at the well-attended opening of her solo exhibition “Synchrony of Analogous Comparisons” at the Consulate General of Greece in New York on the evening of March 5.
Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Koutras and others had just attended the annual Greek Independence Day celebration in the Council Chambers at New York’s City Hall honoring Greek-Americans who are dedicated to serving their community.
“Synchrony of Analogous Comparisons”, which follows several exhibitions presented in the last months at the Consulate General, is an example of a cultural service to the community in New York. Consul General Koutras and Popita Koutras have kept the doors to the Consulate General open to the Greek American community with ongoing cultural events accompanied by their warm hospitality—and personalities—since their arrival in New York.The exhibition is open to the public through March 19.
Popita Koutras told the GN that Polymeropoulos’s “wonderful” paintings are “visual music” for her.
The curator of “Synchrony of Analogous Comparisons” Sozita Goudouna, writes about Polymeropoulos’s work in the Conulate General’s introduction to the exhibition: “The artist has gained recognition for her abstract paintings charged with ecological commentary, steeped in references of nature, emotions, the senses and metaphysics. For this show Polymeropoulos has produced large-scale nature paintings which, while abstract, offer a realistic investigation into the artist’s notions of coexistence, humanism and transcendence.”
While the works in the show, noted as being nature paintings, are abstractions, some included hints of the figurative, one being a color field in which there appears to be a wisp of a human profile. Goudouna may (or may not be) verbalizing this perception when she writes, “… Polymeropoulos will be taking on the immersive subject of eco-aesthetics, observing the natural forces and humanity’s place in a world that is in a constant flux, as well as alluding to the anthropocene and to ways that humans can help shift the irreversible catastrophe of the earth.”
Having read Goudouna’s description of the works in which she states that the Polymeropoulos’ paintings offer “a realistic investigation into the artist’s notions of coexistence, humanism and transcendence”, and knowing that the show is comprised of an entirely new body of work created specifically for the Consulate exhibition, this viewer anticipated a more cohesive sort of dynamism running through the works, however diverse they might be.
Polymeropoulos also explains her work in a dense statement in the announcement of the exhibition as well as on her website, both in the distancing third person. The website reads: “Mahy Polymeropoulos’ post-fauvist and abstract oeuvre employs intense color as means to express light and space, her artistic practice operates in an idiosyncratic atmosphere where the artist’s emotional state, unconscious and personal inner vision become the vocabulary for her to express and communicate subtle and complex narratives that redefine notions of form and pure color.” It can be said that the teacher’s adage that a work should speak for itself rather than relying on verbal interpretation holds true in both instances.
Among her more colorful paintings are the partial-image cover picture on the “Mahy Polymeropoulos” Facebook page and on the General Consulate’s invitation to the exhibition, seen below, in which the color values are reminiscent of chiaroscuro. Successfully playing with space, this painting seems to communicate the “personal inner vision”, the artist refers to, and is one of the best in the show.
Mahy Polymeropoulos earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland and works primarily in painting, sculpture and the creation of installations. She has had many solo shows, been in numerous group exhibitions, and has exhibited her work in Greece and the U.S. beginning in 1978. Polymeropoulos’ work is in the permanent collection of the Embassy of Greece and the De Chirico museum in Volos, and is in private collections.
Exhibition hours: Monday -Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
General Consulate General of Greece, 69 East 79 Street, New York
Go to: www.mahydimitrioupolymeropoulos.com and Mahy Polymeropoulos on Facebook to see her work and read more about the artist.