Art Galleries

Flatlanders Art Galleries proudly presents Addendum to Zilch (A to Z), the solo exhibition of mixed media artist Steven J. Athanas. The reception is planned for Saturday, July 27thfrom 5:00 to 8:00 pm with live music provided by Toledo's own Homewreckers. This exhibit is free of charge and will be open to the public from June 18ththrough September 7th, 2013.


Steven J. Athanas: "My art tends to orbit around three basic topics: perspective, learning and change. The "perspective" aspect does not deal with horizons and vanishing points, but rather where my work comes from, my personal point of view - my perspective. There is a certain blandness, a definite ennui, if my work doesn't express something about me or my thought processes. My perspective, I feel, is more of a non-traditional one, in that I'm always trying to see things from that skewed angle. In taking this approach, I encourage participation and questions from those that see it.

 

Which brings in the "learning" part: not only do I hope for the viewer to have questions, thereby hopefully learning something about my work, but I also take away something from the interaction. This two-way repartee enriches my work for me, an extension of the process that brought me to this point.

 

Then there's "change". I don't think any of my pieces are ever really finished, and I am always looking at them to see what can be altered, without taking the message away. It seems to always be a work in progress to one degree or another. I'm also very interested in change through nature, gravity and other external forces. That's why I like to work with rust, moss, decay and other forces that alter, so that a work has an opportunity to show what it can do on its own. It's also why I enjoy mobiles, because of the movement that a slight breeze can offer. Optimistically speaking, the change is always good for me, my work and those that view it.

 

Perfection is boring. Not unlike a person's scars, flaws add character and strength. The same goes for my work. The gruffness of my work is what interests me. I am always open for a mistake to appear during the process and try to integrate that into the piece, as though it were meant to be."