Light, Bleakness, & Ambiguous Comfort

Medium: Archival Pigment Canson Platine Print
Year: 2020

This photograph belongs to the series "Isolation Games." At the dawn of 2020, as universal freedoms were renegotiated and the world receded into quarantine, our lifestyles were consequently fraught with apprehension. The surreal stillness forced many inside, ultimately shifting routines and psychologies across the board. While passing the time at home during isolation, these photographs depict distraction and amusement in a newly-skewed world. When institutions began shuttering doors at winter's close, we longed for our usual trips. Hopper's exquisite light and isolated figures in bleak, melancholic backdrops elucidated the prevailing climate—a still-life foreshadow of socially-distanced pandemic existence. Serendipity manifests in unexpected ways at sudden moments; a light ray grazed the tabletop as we neared completion, a blazing, hope-infused portent. Christos is a 1st-gen Greek-American fine-artist whose photographs probe themes of socioeconomics, culture, history, and architecture. As strong symbolic sparks in a frenetic 21st-century, his creative intrigue is informed by identity, connection, nostalgia, and isolation.



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