CM: Vassilis Solidakis' painting entitled In Anticipation is part of the Fellow Passenger series, whose theme is people boarding or ready to board onto mass public transportation. Solidakis is the creator of a poetic realism who predetermines the feelings of his beholders. He is interested to represent everyday scenes of simple people concentrating in internal affairs, so that the beholders may extend onto them their own feelings. Everyday life is but a trifling situation, but with incredible beauty, so long as this quality is perceived.
Here is represented frontally the bust of a girl at the best part of her life crossing her arms in patient anticipation of something. She poses in front of the blinds of a window which split horizontally the light from behind. Her disheveled hair gives out the feel of her naturalness. As the light seeps through the blinds it creates illusions of which Solidakis has absolute control.
Blue predominates in the painting, a color in which Mediterranean artists are unbeatable. "It is not by chance", remarks Solidakis "that the sky and the sea are blue." Thus Solidakis' blue evokes as much the water as the air in the painting. The blue emerges from the clothes of the girls and is diffused on the background. The artist chose cold colors in the main in order to accentuate the warmth of the girl's living body. This warmth in her body cannot but spring from her eyes. These are black because - as entries to the soul - are limitless.
The dripping quality, which characterizes Solidakis' art in general, give the feeling of liquidity of color which is diffused in space with an aim to free matter from its substance. The general fluidity of the picture gives the feeling of an illusion, that everythting - body and fabric and metal - is essentially one and the same thing.
[Megakles Rogakos 07/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens