| “Close your eyes and see” ((James Joyce (Ulysses, 1922)).
That is the route that Hariton Bekiaris follows. He closes his eyes and creates brand new worlds. Worlds where man and nature meet with one and only goal: to become one, to exchange features, to give birth to new beings. You can find everything there.
Human-animal hybrids, cats wearing bustles, birds with ties, and real creatures of nature. They all coexist in harmony in a place where mythology, history, and technology mix. Why would someone want to leave? This is what the artist asks us discreetly and all we have to do is to let ourselves fall into his creations.
Hariton loves everything that exists in nature and everything that is created by mankind. Through his work, he reminds us of all those things that are worthy of our attention and our admiration. Everything that we were supposed to love but we have forgotten to. And so, he speaks of an eternal faith based on man and nature. And it was this faith that, during the lockdown, pushed him into creating the “Eye Contact” project.
His care for his loved ones and all those things that he wishes he could experience with them. His faith in the eyes of the people he missed the most and everything that these eyes represented: round worlds, planets, symbols, hope.
Those eyes, that he painted, became his lucky charm but also a reminder of the importance of human presence. Because let’s not fool ourselves, a look will always make us real, or, to paraphrase Descartes, we see each other, therefore we are. |
photos and video by: Eleftheria Katsianou
Tatoiou 134, 14671, Nea Erithrea
Jan 30 - Feb 20, 2021
(IT IS A WINDOW EXHIBITION)
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2021, HARITON BEKIARIS, Athens
Hariton Bekiaris was born in Athens in 1980.
He studied sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts, London, and at Canterbury Christ Church University (BA Hons, First Class), UK. In 2006, he received his Master’s degree in Sculpture from the same university.
In 2011 he started illustrating for “Mikri Arktos” of IANOS Bookstores. In 2012 he illustrated Yiannis Efthimiadis’ poetry collection “27, or the falling man” published by “Mikri Arktos” publications. The original drawings were exhibited at the gallery “Genesis” alongside the book presentation.
"Empathy", his first solo exhibition, took place in 2012 at the “Genesis” gallery and was curated by Iris Kritikou. This exhibition included works of art in ink and gouache, where the viewers could trace Hariton's vast influences, such as his favorite science fiction books and Aristotle, his love for animals, and adventures.
In 2013 he was the chief designer of “Kyttaro games” for the game “Droidscape Basilica” for iOS.
Since 2014 he has been teaching as an assistant at the sculpture workshop at the American College of Greece, Deree. Also, he has worked as a concept designer in short films and commercials for production companies and advertising agencies.
In 2018 he became the co-founder of the workshop 'Study' [Σπουδή] and has been teaching there ever since.
Hariton Bekiaris has taken part in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, such as the Sculpture exhibition at the premises of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK (2006), "The Last Supper" at the "Ersi’s gallery" (2009), "A Saturday in Athens” at the gallery “Genesis” (2012) and so many more.
His last exhibition took place in February 2020 at the "IANOS art gallery". There he presented 16 works of art created for the illustration of "The clouds of sorrow" by Paraskevas Karasoulos. Also, has been commissioned three monuments around Athens and has collaborated with publishers and magazines such as Potamos, Stereoma, Vimagazino, Lifo., while his works can be found in private and public collections.
Hariton Bekiaris’s art falls between the spectrum of reality and dream, while his hybrid creatures exist both on earth and sky, both in darkness and light, and become creators of their own fiction.