IL: ACG - Communications Building, Graduate Faculty Office of Dr. Mari Janikian
CM: Originating in the birthplace of Lafcadio Hearn, and having become inititiated to the mysticism of art by Theodoros Stamos, Sotiris Therianos shares Lefkada Island's love for Japan. When he contemplates Japanese culture Therianos brings to mind small, light and fragile things that occupy their own space and also allow themselves a special relationship with neighboring things. It is such things that Therianos represents in his Tribute to Lafcadio Hearn. The composition was created with airbrush, was subsequently photographed and finally was printed digitally on paper. These Japanese Things seem to be the result of a cosmic explosion, while by nature they have already acquired autonomy. As a matter of fact Therianos feel s that any of these little things may upon growing up support a separate related work. Japanese Things compose shapes that seem to vary in their freedom But upon second glance it may observed they are obtained from infinite variations of related shapes. All together they create a uniform dense mass. The composition gives the impression of flexible motion, of subtle delicacy and a gossamer texture evocative of the feeling of Japan. It is a composition that Lafcadio would create had he written not with letters but with shapes. In order to produce such consistent writing Lafcadio must have had a geometric mind. Therefore Japanese Things are like a page with words and visual spaces. Herewith space is represented by a unifying soft blue referring to the universe. It resembles the life of Lafcadio, whose work managed to familiarize complimentary cultures and made him citizen of the world. As Lafcadio symbolizes the bridging of the East with the West, likewise Therianos' Japanese Things bridges painting with digital technology on the limits of art .