OBJECTHOOD AND LANDSCAPE
The Object in an era of digital images has become defined not only from the parameters of its materiality, but also from what the viewer projects to it. It is not only what it contains, but also what it reveals from the interpretations, and the needs, of the viewer. When an object is situated and found from an art-nomad walking in the landscape it attains certain qualities. These are defined both from its actuality and also from the crucial moment when the viewer is focusing his/her attention on the object. How can an object attract the attention of the viewer? In what degree is the object attaining a different meaning from the moment it is separated from the vast field that is a landscape? The paper will present examples from the artistic process Visual March to Prespes and it will elaborate on the ideas and concepts that have derived from incidents of discovering an object in a landscape.
Yannis Ziogas was born in Thessaloniki (Greece). He studied Math (BS University of Athens) and received his Master’s in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts (1991) in New York; He holds a PhD from the University of the Aegean (2013). He has held twenty one solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Since 2010 he is an assistant professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia (Florina). He has worked in residencies in New York and taught as a visiting lecturer in many Universities in Greece and abroad. His work has been reviewed nationally and internationally (New York Times, Artnews, Sculpture, Giornalle dell’ arte) . He is the author of several essays on art theory and of the books The Byzantine Malevich, Tarkofsky in Chalkis, Censorship in Visual Arts, the Diary of a 407/80, Forbidden! Censorship of Visual Artworks in Greece 1949-2016. Since 2007 he organizes the process Visual March to Prespes.