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Aris Kalaizis · Making Sky

The paintings of the German-Greek artist Aris Kalaizis occupy the space between fiction and fact, motion and inertia. With a masterly brush, he creates scenarios where the subjects play enigmatically entwined roles and the world of shadows lives in defiant coexistence with light. Kalaizis’s creative process follows more that of a screenplay writer, where a landscape or setting, as captured concisely by a photograph, provides the spark for a gradually evolving script. The inextricable intimacy between setting and characters climaxes precisely at the moment rendered by the artist, which he describes as when »characters receive their home«. If viewed with an intuitive eye, the seeming absurdity of his paintings reveals itself as the ambiguity of existence – life and death, dream and reality – portrayed with disturbing ferocity and eerie beauty.

132 pages | 125 color plates | 11 3/4 x 10 1/2

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

My Driving Force is My Impatience: A discussion between a philosopher and a painter
    Max Lorenzen
Where the Shadows Dwell: An art-historical analysis
    Carol Strickland
What to Look for: The Struggle against Photographic Vision
    Tom Huhn
Making Sky: A story after a painting by Aris Kalaizis
    Christoph Keller

Catalogue raisonné 1995–2009
Selected Exhibitions
Art Awards and Scholarships

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