Christos J. Palios 09-01-19

Christos J. Palios, Conversations

August 1 - September 1, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: August 1, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, August 1, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

Meals have traditionally been a time for connection. The table is seen as a space to share time with family and friends, to relax, and to bond. Cell phones have changed this aspect of culture fundamentally.

Christos J. Palios explores the paradox of isolation due to social networking in his photographic series Conversations. “I contemplate the indomitable implications technology has on the efficacy of human interaction and communication. How do our persistent networks and unremitting digital engagement impact our presence in a social sphere? Do they deepen our awareness of our surroundings or dampen them by over-sensitization?”

Palios’ large-scale photographs of shared meals throughout Greece and America use the universal language of food to raise equally universal questions about community and engagement in the digital age.

Christos J. Palios was raised as a first-generation Greek-American. His practice originated in design and animation, and he earned a BFA degree from the University of Maryland. Palios is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has pursued art full-time since 2006. His work explores themes of identity, connection, and memory and isolation within a variety of environments, including remote and often inaccessible spaces.