KATERINA ATHANASIOU Apollonian Light 2004 - x +

CN: AthK2004apol

MT: mixed media: marble, perspex, iron and light (92x114x29)

DN: Ms. Ermioni Athanasiou - 2009

CM: During the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Katerina Athanasiou created a series of large abstract sculptures in accordance to the ancient Greek concept of measure and light. In these sculptures she sought their scale to harmonize with their surroundings and to use light as part of their plastic qualities.

The Apollonian Light is a carefully measured sculpture, so that the material in relation to the gaps (whose edges are traced by iron) may produce a visual fineness. The artwork is a rectangular parallelepiped composed of three parts - a horizontal gap in the base, a vertical gap at the edge, and the part that completes them to create a rectangular parallelogram. Aiming to modernize an ancient concept, Athanasiou observed daily things around her. She noticed an old obsolete electrical board of the Hellenic Public Power Corporation. Finding its size and proportions to have the potential to cause a sensation of visual pleasure, she transposed it into hollow marble. Influenced by the concept of awe in ancient Greece, Athanasiou discovered in powerful electric light the quality that - with appropriate use - has the potential to cause a feeling akin to awe. Inside the marble she placed a very powerful lamp that makes it self luminous and manages to overexpose or highlight parts of the work. The particular marble is thin and allows light to penetrate it. She then took care to continue the marble's opening into a square body of white perspex that absorbs light and spreads it. In the unique way that Athanasiou uses light, it begins at full blast, then dissipates in the white substance and finally pours out in the environment with calm simplicity. The work is called Apollonian Light, which in theory is perfectly white, that is pure and strong at its source. Derived from Apollo, which identifies with the Sun god, the Apollonian Light is esoteric and means knowledge, intelligence, understanding, and dialectical thinking after Logos.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2009]