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Pixel

Pixel
Archival pigment print from the series "Conversations."

Bibliophilia

Bibliophilia
Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo."

Zagorochoria

Zagorochoria
Archival pigment print from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."

Disintegrating Value

Disintegrating Value
Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo" Detail: 20.39 grams vacuumed and re-panned off the sea floor from the 1857 SS Central America shipwreck, first recovery 1988—approximate value: $3,000

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About Christos

Baltimore County

Christos Palios's picture
Raised as a first-generation Greek-American, my experiences were influenced by two disparate cultures. My photographs probe ideas of identity, connection, nostalgia and isolation within a variety of environments. I seek to examine technology and socio-economics amid the passage of time within contemporary society. I have exhibited my work locally and nationally. Venues include Blue Sky Gallery (Portland OR); the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, MD); Candela Gallery (... more

Fleur-de-Lis

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mostly land-locked nation with a deep history. It declared independence in the 90s after a turbulent dissolution of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Formidable multi-faction political strife ensued, which exacerbated ethnic divisiveness over territory, power and independence. As a result, the Bosnian War began with armed combat & infrastructure destruction, culminating in mass civilian displacement and dehumanizing genocide.

The 1995 Dayton Agreement’s attempt to halt bloodshed and appease splintered parties left behind a fragmented society with root causes relatively unresolved. Bosnia consists of three identities: Bosniaks, Croats and& Serbs. Its government entails a proportional democracy with a rotating presidency. While peace was implemented, hardship is felt in a complex political governance, economic inertia and general distrust among people, ultimately fostering social tension.

During my visit, I sensed a curious, implicit melancholy, a dense atmosphere thick with latent ash. Named after its country's beloved insignia, Fleur-de-Lis is a visual essay about a scarred community coping withy vestiges of war, corruption and persecution; this amid a psychological terrain yearning for peace, tolerance and survival of a time-honored heritage in a country without a call to account and among a global increase of tribalism, bigotry, and propaganda.

Conversations

A shared meal reveals tradition and offers windows into culture, provides discourse, and speaks to identity. Personal electronic devices have rapidly modified our communal experiences. Our new paradigm of exchange, a routine of frequently consulting screen-tech, has become accepted and customary. We retreat into self-imposed, momentary bubbles of curation, oftentimes while in the presence of others. This new dichotomy is particularly observed among the time-honored and intimate surfaces where we break bread daily. For this series, I contemplate the indomitable implications technology has on human interaction by documenting personal meals shared with friends and family. Evoking the Dutch Golden Age genre of still-life painting as an aesthetic foundation, I intend these photographs as contemporary anecdotal counterparts representing the frenetic, hyper-convenient, always-connected, consumerist epoch of instant gratification.

  • Catharsis

    Catharsis
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Confabulate

    Confabulate
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Pixel

    Pixel
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Extemporaneous

    Extemporaneous
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Mediterranean

    Mediterranean
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Furor

    Furor
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Heritage

    Heritage
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Bittersweet Inevitable

    Bittersweet Inevitable
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Elevenses

    Elevenses
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."
  • Breaking Bread 1 (Benevolence)

    Breaking Bread 1 (Benevolence)
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Conversations."

Absolute Powers / ex nihilo

Why does a 6" pretty piece of inked green cotton-linen, part bacteria, part cocaine, with dead president heads, hold any value in exchange? As a notable technological artifact of civilization representing faith and trust, money’s tendril roots lie embedded within politics/war, ethics/greed, usury/taxation, class/wealth. What consigns to money and precious objects—often taboo, misconceived and lost subjects in contemporary societies—the desirable and functional status driving economies (and psychologies) in communities? In this ongoing series, I present a diverse array of historic and contemporary objects; some common, others long-defunct, few quite valuable. What emerges is a compelling timeline of civilization's attempts to display beauty, enact commerce, preserve savings, and speculate on intrinsic worth.

  • Disintegrating Value

    Disintegrating Value
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo" Detail: According to the Federal Reserve, a typical $1 bill lasts for about 5.8 years before becoming so fragile that it gets withdrawn from circulation and destroyed. A $100 bill, on the other hand, lasts for 15.0 years. This makes sense given that a $1 bill is used so much more frequently. But what’s interesting is that, even as late as 2011, the average $100 bill lasted 21.6 years before becoming worn out.
  • Ancient Gold Coins

    Ancient Gold Coins
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo"
  • Gold Dust, Study III

    Gold Dust, Study III
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo"
  • Filigree Necklace, 2016

    Filigree Necklace, 2016
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo."
  • Gold Ingot Faceplate

    Gold Ingot Faceplate
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo" Detail: 26.3oz of .926 gold with original assay mark retrieved from the 1857 SS Central American shipwreck—approximate value: $63,500.
  • $10,000 FRN

    $10,000 FRN
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo"
  • Zims

    Zims
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo"
  • 'Silver Standard' Broken Tulips

    'Silver Standard' Broken Tulips
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo"
  • Bibliophilia

    Bibliophilia
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo."
  • Hot Aisle (Cryptocurrency Farm)

    Hot Aisle (Cryptocurrency Farm)
    Archival pigment print from the series "Absolute Powers / ex nihilo"

In the Thick of It

I’ve been taking peeks into and exploring the studios, workshops and storefronts of various artisans, peddlers, shopkeepers, merchants, and artists. I’m intrigued by how individuals manage organization in personal and business environments; from the spaciously-arranged and painstakingly catalogued to ‘organized chaos.' Environments are often perceived as reflections of one’s state of mind. To the casual visitor, a well-used space may appear in overwhelming disarray, whereas to the owner, a formulaic system may be in sensible occupation. Such spaces may incite fascination through inquisitive exploration. For some, notions of waste and consumption in a seemingly increasing consumerist society take shape. Methods and manifestations of organization, it would seem, are in themselves as subjective as any topic. Inspired from within the studio of an artist, I intend this series as a wandering study into these mesmerizing, complex spaces embedded in living culture and diversity.

  • The Kind Bangladeshi Man

    The Kind Bangladeshi Man
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It"
  • German Masterpieces

    German Masterpieces
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."
  • Trigg the Barefooted Machinist

    Trigg the Barefooted Machinist
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."
  • Solonos, Greece

    Solonos, Greece
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."
  • Big Bazaar

    Big Bazaar
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."
  • Shelved to Brim

    Shelved to Brim
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."
  • The Worldy Shopkeeper's Son

    The Worldy Shopkeeper's Son
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It"
  • Ecclesiastic

    Ecclesiastic
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."
  • Yianni's Woodshop

    Yianni's Woodshop
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."
  • Cafeneion Sivas

    Cafeneion Sivas
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "In the Thick of It."

Athenian

For more than 30 years visiting my family in Athens, through the same large kitchen window overlooking an expansive metropolis, I've observed a compelling array of ephemera: nuances of shifting sky, feverishly-flickering lights, and bustling thoroughfares. Anchored by the mythological wonder of the ancient Acropolis, this view enchanted my child mind. Often lost in reverie of milestone journeys to Greece in youth while being raised among two disparate cultures, this vista emerged into a curious duality: intriguing foreign landscape (external) vs comfortably-familiar novelty (inside/safety). Like foreigners to our own pasts, nostalgia accrues as time's arrow progresses, punctuating its passage and our role as passengers through its irreversible flow. This ongoing series serves as a personal visual metaphor conceptualizing life's welcome diversity while contemplating subconscious yearning for foundational balance.

Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins

Throughout the countryside of Greece lie abandoned architectural frameworks dotting desolate and remote tracts of land. As most are new and unused constructions secluded from adjacent neighborhoods, I grew increasingly curious about their original purpose. In conversation with Greek citizens, I quickly learned many aspire to escape the “concrete jungle” that is city life. Some hastily lay claim to suburban land and illegally build to evade current and future building codes and exorbitant taxes. Among a current landscape of shifting legislation and regulation, as of this project’s date, architects and civil engineers purport the Greek state requires a builder complete the concrete skeleton of a building, aptly named the “super-structure”, within a predetermined time period. Once this contingency is met, the owner technically has no further legal obligation, resuming when one pleases.

As pillars of stalled progress, these structures resemble modern-day ruins, if not for an undetermined period of time. In a country renowned for its rich culture and beautiful destinations, I sought to investigate this architectural decadence and how its society, culture, and prevailing political and economic landscapes may contribute.

  • Markopoulo I

    Markopoulo I
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Larisa I

    Larisa I
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Poligiros I

    Poligiros I
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Lavrio

    Lavrio
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Dervenochoria

    Dervenochoria
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Zagorochoria

    Zagorochoria
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Sindos Interior

    Sindos Interior
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Elounda I

    Elounda I
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Elounda Bay

    Elounda Bay
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."
  • Crete I

    Crete I
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Un-Finished // Contemporary Ruins."

Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece (2015 - Ongoing)

The prevalence of the tabletop olive understates its longstanding origin and labor in cultivation, even among today’s mechanized world. With unimpeded access to several traditional and contemporary facilities in northeastern Greece, this visual essay of the age-old process captures not only the spaces and the people, but elucidates Greeks’ industrious tenacity for survival in the face of strife. Production has played an impressive role in trade and commerce throughout history and to this day remains steeped in family and culture. Local barter and sale of this sacred fruit have provided families both income and sustenance during periods of economic hardship, particularly among Greece’s prevailing conflicts. In light of the current financial and political dilemmas plaguing the country, coupled with some foreigners’ controversial assumptions of the Greek work ethic, perhaps these photographs will exalt these steadfast artisans while guiding the viewer to engage with this time-honored heritage.

  • Ancient Olive I

    Ancient Olive I
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Olive Land

    Olive Land
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Smoke in the Olive Grove (Burning Branches)

    Smoke in the Olive Grove (Burning Branches)
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Priest With Yield

    Priest With Yield
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Raw Stock

    Raw Stock
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Pressings Storehouse

    Pressings Storehouse
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Low-Temperature Centrifuge

    Low-Temperature Centrifuge
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Olive Tumbler, Traditional (Kneading-Maceration)

    Olive Tumbler, Traditional (Kneading-Maceration)
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • Narrow Door & Ladder

    Narrow Door & Ladder
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."
  • God's Potion

    God's Potion
    Archival Pigment Photographic Print, from the series "Olea Europaea / The Gold of Greece."

Fragments in Spaces Between

Peering out the backseat window of my parents box green Oldsmobile, as a boy I grew mesmerized by the wondrous oddities dotting landscapes.

From quaint and forgotten to bizarre and outlandish, humanity’s un/familiar leave-behinds naturally beckoned my curiosity. For at the time I knew not, imagined not, the essential reason and function of some objects.

Those seemingly disparate, anachronistic items and locales reflected social desires and tales of bygone eras. Equally so, they presented an evocation of inner-workings for my innocent mind.

Carrying the wistful blueprints of wonder-filled discovery from childhood, I attempt to capture and contrast scenes in the contemporary that mimic that similar resonation within me in adulthood.

As a collective, these moments become dichotomies, ones that foster harmony while creating tension, perplex or define, impose comfort or curiosity. They evolve into allegories and milestones of memory, of human presence, conjuring longing among footprints.

Watch Tower

This series of photographs began in late fall of 2014 with the intent of researching the ebb and flow of various military conflicts throughout the country’s recent couple centuries.

I'm specifically seeking remote and forgotten bunkers, pillboxes, fortresses, outposts, and other military fortifications strategically placed along crucial defense locations such as coastlines, bridges, ravines, and mountain hillsides. While some are difficult to find and access, many of these structures survive untouched, though not without time's wear and nature’s inevitable reclamation.

Their curious isolation and integration within nature—some closer to minor human settlements, others vastly more remote—and their various structural forms emanate a sense of mystery and folklore. Capturing these subjects around the dim twilight hours of both dusk and dawn naturally enhances their seclusion as lone, post-war outliers that seal certain facets of history.

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