CM: Nikos Kryonidis' Woman with Glasses would not exist if her face had not been formed by chance in his studio, when he was using colors for another purpose (as betrayed by the existence of more colors than the basic black), and - further - if he did not discern the stain that designed her head. At first glance it is black acrylic paint on a white plastic cap. Looking better, however, the silhouette of the color presents the face of a woman wearing large glasses and has black curly hair. Indeed this is a middle-aged woman without exceptional style. As a matter of fact, it is a village woman who does not groom herself. The element of non-bedecking is an undeniable element of modernism, which intends to emphasize other parameters foreign aesthetics. Such a portrait repels the established concept for portraiture. What is interesting here is that the model does not precede the work, neither would it appear on the work, but is identified through the search for something that is to be deemed a 'work of art'. In this case the artist, rather than strive to produce the work, just points it out. Thus are questioned the importance of classical portraiture, the process of its production, and the vanity of its sitter.
[Megakles Rogakos 03/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens