Dates: October 4 – 28, 2012
Location: United Photo Industries HQ | 111 Front Street, Suite 204
These tragic action figures are trapped between their new condition and the reality of their past. They link older and contemporary prototypes of heroism or role playing, by combining traditional symbols in unorthodox ways. Their appeal lies solely in the tendency children (of any age) have to cannibalize existing objects in order to fuse their own. These creations come at odds with their carefully planed origins and brake gender and age molds by defying children experts, focus groups and sales projections.
The newly assembled toys, though somewhat dramatic and traumatic due to their darkness, evoke our emotions and form a connection with us, by taking a place in our personal memories. Not in a “lost childhood blah, blah, blah” way – but as images that communicate nostalgia and joy, or the nostalgia of joy.
These emotions also dominated the process of putting them together. I photographed toys and objects that I collected through the years and travels, some of them parts of my personal childhood, and then mixed and matched them for hours. While this was a different form of play, the magic was the same.
One-person exhibitions include: Type Directors Club/ NY, Coningsby Gallery/London, Strychnin Gallery/Berlin, Fraser Gallery/Washington/DC, Astrolavos Gallery/Athens/Greece, Slovak National Museum/Bratislava, Photography Center of Athens, LeVall Gallery/Novosibirsk/Russia, Eirmos Gallery/Thessaloniki/Greece, International Month of Photography/Fillipoupolis/Bulgaria, Merry Karnowsky Gallery/Los Angeles, Viridian Artists/NYC, Gazi Exhibition Complex/Athens, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art/Thessaloniki/Greece, Mary Anthony Galleries/NYC.
Distinctions include: First Prize/Digital Hall of Fame/Stockholm, EVGE First Prize Award/Athens, First Prize/Viridian Gallery National Juried Exhibition, Merit Award/Society of Publication Designers, International Digital Art Award/Melbourne, Kounio/Hasselblad Award/Greece, Gold Folio Award/NYC, Award for Excellence/American Design Magazine, First Prize/Bethesda International Photography Competition. His work is featured in numerous books and publications worldwide and it’s part of private and institutional collections.