AMERICA in a TRANCE: Photography by Niko J. Kallianiotis
Feb 25, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017
Niko J. Kallianiotis was awarded a one-person exhibition in 2016–2017 at Marywood University by the selection committee for the Northeastern Biennial Twenty-Fifteen. His exhibition of photographs will include new and old works form his travels across the Keystone state. Kallianiotis' formative years were spent in Greece and all of his adulthood in the United States. His hybrid background allows him to view the world and his surrounding environs from two different perspectives, both culturally and socially.
This project is an ongoing observation of the fading American dream so typified in the northeastern Pennsylvania landscape but widespread across the United States. My subject choices derive from intuition and the desire to explore the unknown and rediscover the familiar. Through form, light, and color, I let the work develop organically, and become a commentary of place and also of self. The hues work as the constituent of hope, not doom. The work is a product of love, for both the state and country I have called home for the last two decades. While my interest is not in the depiction of desolation, at times it becomes necessary to the narrative. I search for images that reflect, question, and interpret life in the towns and cities across the Keystone State, and the yearning for survival and cultural perseverance. My interest is in the vernacular and the inconsequential, that which becomes metaphorical and a connotation to a personal visual anthology for the photographer as well as the viewer.
Reception: Feb 25, 6-8 pm