Dimitris Polychroniadis sculptures are grand misoscenes, full of drama, that attest to his theatrical training in set design. They are monumental even in their small scale.And highly emotional and impactful.
He says, "Religion often serves as an emotional 'lender of last resort' in times of crisis. The idea for this series of maquette sculptures, comes from Christian church signs and billboards in the US. By stripping these religious quotes away from their physical and emotive context, the 'message' becomes more absolute, almost surreal. To emphasize this further, the text size has been exagerated in scale (compared to the figurines) and colour. The project is somewhat 'street' influenced by large scale advertising and slogan graffiti. The title of the series generates a contrast: The notion of God-sent miracles as an integral part of religious faith, against the marvels of man-made, modern age, industrial technology and it's products such as fluoerscent materials and colours. Materials used: cardboard, foamboard, blue foam insulation material, sand, wood, maquette fugirines and trees, MDF, acrylic and spray paint, found minature of the Parthenon (plaster-made)."
Photography by Michalis Dalanikas & Dimitris Polychroniadis.
Dimitris Polychroniadis was born in Thessaloniki, 1975. Lives and works in Athens, Greece. Dimitris is a qualified Architect with BA Hons & Diploma in Architecture as well as a Master of Arts in Urban Design, aquired at the University of Greenwich in London.He has attended the Scenography workshop classes at the Athens School of Fine Arts during the academic season 2001 - 2002. During 2011 Dimitris has started to make mixed media sculptures that strongly originate from his architectural and theatrical background.