Culture - NOMINEE: Christos Palios
In the Thick of It (2016 - Ongoing)
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Artisans, peddlers, shopkeepers, and merchants organize their wares based on inclination. From the spaciously arranged and painstakingly catalogued through to jumbled yet organized chaos, each has her sub/conscious approach.
To the casual passerby or infrequent visitor, a space may appear in overwhelming disarray—a seemingly inharmonious jam-packed cramming of every nook and cranny—whereas to the occupier, a formulaic system is in full application.
One may perceive physical states of environments as reflecting general states of mind and lifestyle preferences. Structure and organization, it would seem, are in themselves as subjective as any topic.
Inspired from within the studio of a Colombian artist I've known and respected for a long stretch of time, I intend this series as a wandering study into these mesmerizing, complex spaces.
I was raised as a first-generation Greek-American, a son of immigrants. As strong symbolic sparks, these two distinct and beautiful cultures forged my personal and creative evolution. Socioeconomics, cultural diversity, history, and architecture inform my intellectual intrigue and creative process. My long-term photographic work is rooted in research and probes themes of identity, connection, nostalgia and isolation. My springboard originates in the visual arts, consummated by a BFA from the University of Maryland. For as long as I can recall, photography’s remarkable capacity to communicate ideas and narratives inspired me to embody insight and intent within the frame. My photographs have been exhibited at venues such as Blue Sky Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Grimaldis Gallery, Candela Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, among others, and reside in private and corporate collections throughout the country and abroad.