ERI SOUROUNI Dimension of Woman 2007 [P/R] - x +

CN: SoEr2007dime

MT: mixed media: wire and charcoal on wood (85x50x21)

TX: signed with pencil at lower left of picture in Greek <E SOUROUNI 07>

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, #227

CT: Astrolavos Art Galleries, Athens & Piraeus - 2007

CM: Eri Sourouni's Dimension of Woman is a multi-dimensional work. Sourouni creates the portrait of a young woman in the fashion of sketch - the spontaneous record of the basic characteristics of her expression in the face and hands. The Dimension of Woman reproduces not a particular sitter or subject, but an emotional condition. The startled face and the tense hands bring out a perplexity and the feeling of anticipation. Herewith is a portrait that is not concerned with likeness, but the way in which it is fabricated. The artist uses wire to describe forms in the four dimensions of space and time. The Dimension of Woman is composed by lines, which are the basic element of visualizing form. Using a linear sculptural form, she causes an illusion between two, three and four dimensions. And though dimensions imply volume, here the result is immaterial. In its immateriality the work resembles a picture that does not exist. Sourouni's concept coincides with Henri Focillion's theory, that "the form is just an idea of the mind, a speculation about the space reduced to geometric ineligibility, until it is imbued with life in the material..." [La Vie des Formes, 1934]. That is, things are codes / ideas, and they do not exist until the artist locates them and transubstantiates them into symbols and pictures. What gives metaphysical dimension to the immobility of the portrait's material is the addition of drawn shadows, which suggest different moment in time. On the work's background are included two traces, which have been recorded from the shadows cast by the wire, when it was lit from two different sources. This tracing creates distorted versions of the portrait per se, owing to the material's elongation and shortening. The work's valid dilemma is whether it was in the artist's intention to use distortion to create other portraits or to propose different readings of the same portrait.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2007]

ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens