Statement


Just before he died at the age of 94, my father gave me a box full of photographs that were taken in the early 20th century of family members from Rhodes, Greece. They immigrated to the U.S. and upon arrival, settled in steel towns such as Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and Weirton, West Virginia.  The pictures documented immigrants acclimating to their new surroundings.


Were the photographs simply historical documents of my family or was the strong feeling they invoked more spiritual, almost otherworldly?  My response to the photographs led me to create environments that include images, placed on both delicate and substantial materials, suspended within aluminum boxes. The photographs evoke the spirit of the Byzantine icon where the image provides the observer with a means of stimulating a meditation.


The installation, Ancestor Worship, is a fluid organism that takes the shape of the exhibition space it inhabits.  Images and themes are wound around one another in circular compositions that repeat and resound in space. The space becomes a total environment in which the room functions as an opening into another world…not only historical but also spiritual.  


In my sculpture, I explore nature.  I use geometric and curvilinear shapes, made of aluminum, to focus on organic elements that surround my environment.  The same is true in my collaborative work with painter Mary Antczak.  Ms Antczak applies a polychromy to the metal that reflect the shapes of the aluminum.

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BILL KIRIAZIS

 Hog Creek Studio

East Hampton, NY 11937

billkiriazis@gmail.com

www.billkiriazis.com


One Person Exhibits

       Olives and Aphrodite: Further Reflections on Ancestor Worship, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY. 

       Ancestor Worship, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY. 

       Wolffer Estate Vineyard,  Sagaponack, 

       Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY. 

       Goat Alley Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY. 

       Full Moon Cafe, East Hampton, NY.

       East End Arts Council Gallery, Riverhead, NY.


Special Awards

      Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead, NY. Permanent  Installation 

      Honorable Mention, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY. 1991, 1993, 1995. 


Selected Group Exhibits


       Works on Paper, Ille Arts Gallery, Amagansett, NY

       Faces and Places, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY

       Summer of Sculpture, Springs Historic District, East Hampton, NY

       Varieties of Visual Expression, Southampton Cultural Center, NY

       I Digress...Surface Library @ Ashawagh, East Hampton, NY

       Sculpture and Photography,  Benson-Keyes Art,  Southampton, NY.

       Mood Swings,  Solar Gallery,  East Hampton, NY.

       Really, Really Small Works, Amagansett, NY.

       Metal at Ashawagh, East Hampton, NY 

       Metal at Ashawagh, East Hampton, NY 

       Springs Invitational, East Hampton, NY. 1990-2017.

       Vito Sisti Presents, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY. 

       Love and Passion, East Hampton, NY. 

       Art @ The Cellar, Southampton, NY. 

       Faculty Exhibit, Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead, NY. 

       Loschen Studio Show, Amagansett, NY. 

       War and Peace @ Pebbles, East Hampton, NY. 

       Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.

       ArtScapes, Amagansett, NY.

       Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY.

       Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY.

       80 Washington Square East Gallery, New York, NY.

       Mather Hospital Sculpture Exhibit, Port Jefferson, NY.

       Young BloodArtists of the Region Invitational, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY.


Recent Articles

    2008 “Springs Show Reflects Vitality of Local Art”, East Hampton Press, 6 August.

2007 “Art Commentary”, Dan’s Papers, 21 September.

          “Art Commentary”, Dan’s Papers, 30 March.

          “Those Who Teach”, The Suffolk Times, 1 February.

          “Toasting East Hampton Art”, Southampton Press, 4 January.

    2006  “Fine Works From Home and Away”, Southampton Press, 10 August.

    2000  “Artists At Ashawagh”, The East Hampton Star, 17 August.

    1998  “Diversity Among Artists and Within a Genre”, NY Times, 19July.

               “South Fork Gardens Abloom With Art”, New York Times, 17 May.


Education

     1982-1984   Parsons School of Design/Bank Street School of Education M.S. ED. Art Administration.

  1979-1983   CUNY, Queens College. M.A., Art History.

     1975-1979  Apprenticed with sculptor, James Kleege, Art Department, SUNY, Stony Brook.


Teaching

      1987-Present  Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead, NY.  Professor of Art History.


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