Denny Theocharakis at Clio Art Fair: September 8-11, 2022
Article by Caroline Haller
This weekend, in Chelsea, is the 13th Clio Art Fair! It will be held until Sunday 11th at 550 W 29th St, New York. This year, Clio Art Fair is featuring a special section entitled, “Maybe I am your Mother: Who is Generating Who?” curated by Asya Rotella. The section questions the relationship between the human being and technology.
One of the artists featured in the special section is Denny Theocharakis. Theocharakis holds an MBA from NYU Stern Business school and a BA in Economics from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Additionally, she is a graduate of Athens School of Fine Arts.
Theocharakis’s work evolves from her travels and the memories and feelings from her observations during it. Through translating her experiences to canvas, paper and other materials, she creates new and complicated realities. Theocharakis has said, “There is another world enclosed in this world, our own.”
At Clio Art Fair this weekend, Theocharakis is displaying over 20 works from her series including “Imaginary Forms” and “Imaginary Scenery.” Through these works the viewer charts a course across time and space. Gazing upon her work you can delightfully travel through the bright and colorful worlds Theocharakis has created.
One-way Theocharakis creates both a sense of serious anthropological investigation alongside a wistful whimsy is by juxtaposing the old and the new. She creates her imaginary forms with pastels, oil and ink set on top of old factory blueprints, which have been applied to a canvas. (Figure 1) The colorful forms create a unique effect which causes the viewer to question; to which reality do I belong?
Figure 1. Denny Theocharakis, # 3, 2018, Ink, oil, pastels, hagiography painting powder on old factory blueprint applied on canvas.
Theocharakis utilizes a multitude of materials to create her playful worlds. She paints and draws in ink, oil, and colored pencil, embroidery, charcoal, pastels and hagiography painting powder. Many of the works on display are on handmade rice paper. Her handmade rice paper is collected from places like Loas, Vietnam and South India. (Figure 2)
Figure 2. Denny Theocharakis, # 7, 2019, Ink, colored charcoal on handmade rice paper from Laos applied on canvas.
Other techniques, which Theocharakis utilizes, are leather applied on wood and embroidery and oil on handmade paper from Bhutan. (Figure 3)
Figure 3. Denny Theocharakis, #14, 2021, Embroidery, oil on handmade paper from Bhutan
Theocharakis’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Additionally, her artwork is in the collection of the National Gallery of Greece.
Recent solo exhibitions of her work include: “The Silence of the Glance.” Evripides Art Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2021; “StART Art Fair London 2021” Saatchi Gallery, London, 2021; “Meta-synthesis,” Evripides Art Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2017; and “macro-micro-cosmos,” Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, 2013.
Additionally, in the last four years, Theocharakis’s work has been exhibited in the following group exhibitions: “With a sense of hope….” Evripides Art Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2021; “ArtBox Project, Zurich,” SBB Eventhall Zurich Main Station, Zurich, 2020; “There is more than one story,” Evripides Art Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2019; “In the wake of Art-Athina 2019” Evripides Art Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2019; “Art-Athina 2019, 24th International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens,” Hellenic Art Gallery Association, Zappeion Mansion, Athens, Greece 2019; and “Art and Blue,” Evripides Art Gallery, Mykonos, Greece, 2019.
If you are in NYC this weekend, please come check out Clio Art Fair at 550 W 29th St, New York in Chelsea. There you can traverse Theocharakis’s imaginary scenes born from the discovery of the new, the old, the real and the imaginary.