Sunday 21 July 2019

The Book of Stones

The Book of Stones, by Yiannis Papadopoulos,

at Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.

I looked at the gallery window as we were approaching, and said to Ken that I thought the gallery must be closed. 'The window could be part of the exhibition', was his reply, and he was right.

The main source of inspiration for this body of work are stones, taken from the river Glafkos which flows near the town of Patras. Papadopoulos collected the stones during the winter when the river was raging and dangerous. 

'There are intellectual activities where it is not the big books but the short monographs or articles that constitute a [man's] achievement. If someone were to discover, for instance, that under hitherto unobserved circumstances stones were able to speak, it would take only a few pages to describe and explain so earth-shattering a phenomenon'. From Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities.

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