Culture - NOMINEE: Christos Palios
In the Thick of It (2016 - Ongoing)
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Artisans, peddlers, shopkeepers, and merchants organize their wares based on inclination. From the spaciously arranged and painstakingly catalogued through to jumbled yet organized chaos, each has her sub/conscious approach.
To the casual passerby or infrequent visitor, a space may appear in overwhelming disarray—a seemingly inharmonious jam-packed cramming of every nook and cranny—whereas to the occupier, a formulaic system is in full application.
One may perceive physical states of environments as reflecting general states of mind and lifestyle preferences. Structure and organization, it would seem, are in themselves as subjective as any topic.
Inspired from within the studio of a Colombian artist I've known and respected for a long stretch of time, I intend this series as a wandering study into these mesmerizing, complex spaces.
Christos J. Palios (Baltimore, MD) is a Greek-American photographer whose work probes social and economic ideas and aspects of identity, memory and isolation within urban, industrial, and natural spaces. Inherent in his photographic narratives is a visual discourse between traditional and modern elements of culture.
In 2016 he was nominated as a finalist for Maryland's most prestigious creative award, the Sondheim Prize, and is also a semi-finalist for the Trawrick Prize. He earned his BFA from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County and has exhibited his work locally and nationally. Venues include the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Photographic Center Northwest (show curated by Sandra Phillips), the Barrett Art Gallery (show curated by Katherine Ware), Kadoya Gallery (show curated by Jason Landry), the National Museum of Nuclear Science & Life History in Albuquerque, NM, and The Athenaeum in Alexandria, VA.
He was featured as one of ten finalists on Klompching Gallery's online showcase as part of the gallery's annual summer show, "FRESH 2016." His work has been reviewed by online and print publications such as Lenscratch, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, Baltimore Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, and City Paper. His artwork resides in several private and public collections throughout the nation including The Museum of Life Sciences (Durham, NC), Linked In (Chicago, IL), T. Rowe Price (Baltimore, MD), Hotel Indigo (Baltimore, MD), and the Veterans Affairs Regional Headquarters (Atlanta, GA).