TO ITHAKA

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE

In his first solo show, Noris Ioannou presents an apocalyptic vision of city and self, following the artist’s move a year ago, from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Library Artspace in Australia.
From Saturday 01 September 2012 to Saturday 22 September 2012

Road Trip image 1. Horizon, 2011 image Melbourne: 3000 CE image Polis Abstract  image The Empty Room #2 image Behind the Fence: View #1 image Cityscape #3 image 26.	Cemetery Crow #1 image The artist in the studio image

Published by The Library Artspace on Wednesday 22 August 2012.
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The title derives from the renown poem by the early 20th century Alexandrian Greek poet, C.P. Cavafy: To Ithaka – the Other Side of the Fence, is a visual documentation of the artist. In his idiosyncratic, abstracted landscape style, fusing super-realism with psychological elements, strong colour and texture (oil on canvas). Noris Ioannou’s art, like his writing (he is an author with 6 published books), explores the interaction of self and landscape, from the experience of migrant (he was born in Cyprus, migrating to Australia when 3 years of age), and newcomer.

The works present an intense narrative of images as if revealed from ‘the other side of the fence’. Raw, direct and emotionally charged, these paintings set the scenes from departure to entry into the new landscape, with recurring images of skyscrapers captured in various moods – dark, forbidding, apocalyptic, futuristic, bright and frenetic, ultimately becoming celebratory and familiar – new perspectives of Melbourne now and in the future. The artists’ paintings convey too, a sense of enjoyment of the process of creativity, of the application of oil on canvas, the use of strong and contrasting colours, encouraging the viewer to look beyond the surface to explore his or her own feelings as projected onto the canvas. Noris Ioannou’s work as an artist vividly documents a transition from his career as a cultural historian, writer and author to resemble a uniquely passionate, physical and psychological art.

My paintings have a naïve sometimes folksy, quality, I’m self-taught as a painter, and I don’t follow the latest trends or fashions. My work is gritty, it celebrates the vibrancy and technique of oil painting; I’m not afraid to use strong colour which I apply to convey emotional states, nor do I strive for realism – just psychological truth through abstraction and impressionism. Viewers see my dreams and my stories are projected onto the canvas.