“Clothed With The Sun”
Kalfayan Galleries in Athens, Greece are pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Panos Tsagaris titled "Clothed with the Sun". In his second Athens solo show Panos Tsagaris resumes his exploration into the occult and mysticism. Fundamental in this new series of works on paper and newspaper is the use of gold, whose symbolic powers and multifaceted connotations are appropriated each time as a medium to comment on existential, cultural or socio-economical issues.
Integral part of his artistic practice is his vast collection of mystical and spiritual books (first editions), mainly from the period between 1880 and 1930, the so-called ‘second occult revival period'. In his new series of triptychs, the artist juxtaposes photographs with excerpts from books in his collection. By covering or under laying parts of the text with gold-leaf, Tsagaris re-contextualizes knowledge and comments on the mechanisms of perception. Furthermore, during the last three years, the artist has been collecting newspapers that deal with the ‘Greek crisis'. Using gold again, he intervenes on the pages of the newspaper, creating a dialogue between a contemporary medium of mass communication with a material-symbol of the Human Conscience.
Works that are inspired by the myth of Osiris also reflect this relationship between the material aspect of human existence and the divine part of the soul. According to the myth, Osiris was resurrected as the god of the Underworld, after his wife Isis gathered together the scattered parts of his dead body, which had been torn into pieces by his brother Set. Inspired by this myth, Tsagaris made a plaster cast of his body, which he then broke into pieces and photographed them, signifying by this act our disconnection from our divine nature and the beginning of the process of restoring the divine body within us.
In the abstract works titled ‘The ReUnion', Tsagaris undertakes the subject of the ascendance to a higher form of consciousness through the fragmentation of the ego.
The visitor is invited to an inner mystical journey aiming at the restoration of the bond between the material aspect of human existence and the divine part of the soul.
Don't miss the exhibition "Clothed With The Sun" in Athens, Greece.