Every toy has the right to break
ΕΝΙΑ Gallery presents on Friday, 7 February 2020 the solo exhibition “Every toy has the right to break” of Angelos Antonopoulos.
The exhibition of Angelos Antonopoulos constitutes a visual narrative-comment on man’s relationship with authority. In three installations/acts, the artist wishes to provide viewers with an experiential course through the multiple facets of authority and its collapse. Older, ‘mutated’ works of the last decade and new creations are seen through an overall perspective enable a more meaningful reading of the artist’s work.
The first act, which provides the preamble as well as the epilogue of the narrative, unfolds as soon as the viewer enters the space. The initial illusion of order and serenity generated by the objects whose color makes them hard to discern is soon dispersed as the gaze gradually attunes itself to space. The installation consists of fragments of doll limbs and bodies, artifacts, porcelain ornaments, parts from strange cages, tables and buildings that float in the air, supported but also pierced by hosts of metal plates. They seem to have undergone an almost violent process of deconstruction and reconstruction, consummating the metaphysical aspect of the disparate images and raising questions around such notions as the natural and the artificial, the strange and the familiar, experience and memory. The installation almost points to a cruel scientific experiment meant to explore the individual elements and produce new constructions.
As viewers continue along their experiential route, they are called upon to choose a course through two rooms which build on the artist’s probe into man’s relationship with leadership and authority.
Upon entering the left-hand room they come against a dark, almost black space where the architectural shell of the Greek Parliament coexists with the German Reichstag, the Kremlin, and the White House.
The molten Greek Parliament is precariously balanced on a hemispherical structure while the image of decomposition of the overall sculpture is mockingly reflected in a mirror. The black shells of the Reichstag and the Kremlin converse and produce a “stage set” for some sinister play. The small-sized White House presents a strange image at odds with the power and impact of its decisions. The buildings in the installation, deeply associated with political and social systems, convey a picture of decay and distortion and make up a monument dedicated to citizens’ incessant struggle to survive against the adversities of the times.
The third act in the visual narrative is completed as the viewer enters the last room. The protagonists here are not the buildings where decisions are made but the figures behind them. The room is a hymn to a patriarchal society. Antonopoulos explores issues around the exercise of power within the confines of family relations.
Overall, the exhibition constitutes a lyrical Cabinet of Curiosities, a micro-museum, a journey into the artist’s preoccupations, questions and works that deal with contemporary man’s views and attitude towards the socio-political milieu as he strives to emerge as the main protagonist.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
Artemis Potamianou: Visual Artist – Curator
Official Opening: Friday 7 February 2020 @ 20:00
Duration: 8 February to 10 July 2020
Opening hours: Saturday 12:00-16:00
Thursday – Friday 11:30-19:30
Address: 55 Mesologgiou str, Piraeus 18545
Tel.: +30 210 4619700
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Une liaison pornographique
Marigo Kassi ▪ Spiridoula Politi
At Cube Gallery, we welcome February with Marigo Kassi’s and Spiridoula Politi’s artistic dialogue, entitled Une liaison pornographique. Each of the artists comments on their own unique style, the love, the desire and also how the love act can be separated from the emotion. For Marigo Kassi and Spiridoula Politi, it’s not the first time they are invited to co-exist in an artistic dialogue, as they are both founding and active members of the Indoors art group, but it is the first time they are invited to discuss through a “pornographic” relationship, taking an extra boost from Valentine’s Day, as the exhibition opens on Friday, the 14th of February 2020.
“I am terribly alive, full of pain, and I absolutely feel the need to see you. I have to see you. I see you shining and wonderful, and at the same time I am writing to June and I am breaking into pieces, but you can understand me. You have to understand me Anais, and stand by my side. You are everywhere, all around me, like a brilliant fire. Oh, if only you knew Anais, how I feel right now… I want to know each other better. I love you. I fell in love with you as you came and sat in my bed – all that second afternoon with you was a warm humidity- and I hear again the way you speak my name- with your weird accent. You wake me up to such a mixture of emotions- I don’t know how to approach you. Just come near me, come near me, and everything will be beautiful. I promise you…’’ writes Henry Miller to his eternal lover and priestess of love literature Anaïs Nin, in one of the infinite letters exchanging between them. It is said that only in the year 1932, Miller sent nine hundred multi-page letters to his mistress, as mentioned in her book Henry and June.
So when can a relationship be described as ‘’pornographic’’? Are there boundaries and if so, when are they exceeded? Is it possible in a relationship to manage the emotion, and how? These and more questions that have bothered in the past writers, artists, filmmakers and well-known psychoanalysts, we decided to make them a ‘’female’’ issue and create a site-specific installation in Cube Gallery, where the visitor can browse through the works of the two artists, sometimes hard, sometimes airy, but always in a very personal way, with the desire to meet in another dimension!
Liana Zoza, Exhibition Curator
Are love and desire the same thing? They are certainly transportable containers, with an ever-changing ratio. Perhaps it is precisely what often distinguishes the boundaries between the two.
How do we experience and embody our emotions, love, lust, joy, fear, anxiety, pain, longing? What symbols do we use to picture them?
The body organs have the first word. The stomach, the liver, but the heart is dominating concerning the symbols. This is the most widely used, the most versatile and the most painted organ of the human body. Even from the mind. This is what you see in charge of the symbolism of logic, and logic is lost when passion prevails.
My heart aches. My heart has wings. My poor heart. It was like a knife in the heart. My heart became thousands of pieces. It breaks my heart In two pieces. You blacken my heart. Black or red heart, heart glowing, broken heart, cracked, melted, pierced by the arrows of love.
The use of the image of the heart in these works came to me spontaneously. An injured heart, like the ones that have lived and suffered. A heart that over time heals its wounds, unites its pieces and stitches them with golden threads.
On the contrary, the image of love through the raw, sometimes violent, cheap sex of sensual films of an emotionless subculture.
’’Erotic’’ designs have always been on my mind- eroticism is also a big part of our lives, but the more classical depictions of a couple didn’t feel like being enough for me. So I turned to a raw, more direct and at the same time more real source. Sensual movies. These have been the tool, may I say, of the designs.
The erotic act becomes something physical, hard, elusive, naked. The multiplicity of images in these films, the fragmentation, the focus, the intense physicality, gave me the solution about the form of this work.
The designs thus, acquired expressionist writing, multiple fragmentary images, close-ups, moving members and bodies as if they were sailing, or floating in a rather unspecified space.
Tension dominates as well as the sense of loss of perception of time and place. That was at least my artistic intention, as expressed by the almost transparent and fragile paper.
Marigo Kassi, Artist
The erotic element appears in my work from time to time, either in the form of design or construction.
An intervention in a garment of mine, drawing a garment, or a woman on the beach, a couple.
To a large extent, my work is based on memories and my experiences. It is the result of all this and the processes that take place within me.
Today’s intake of daily life witnesses a release of both leaves, eliminating the ridiculous feeling of shame that has caused the naked body in the past.
The tiny underwear, hot shorts, leggings and generally women’s fashion provokes.
The naked body is still banned in public view. However, it is not forbidden to collect erotic and emotional reactions experienced by the artist and the world.
It is a combination of favorable circumstances (such as fashion, visual arts, poetry, cinema) that mark the new era, removing taboos and human prejudices.
I idealize and envision the ideal relationship with projects with couples.
I modify and transform the negative aspects of life into positive ones.
Art gives me that opportunity and that gives me a purification.
Spiridoula Politi, Artist
Marigo Kassi was born in Athens. She studied Painting and Ceramics at the School of Fine Arts with G. Moralis, N. Nikolaou, L. Kanakaki (1972-1978). She continued her studies in drawing in Paris (1978-1979), where she stayed for a year. Later she did her postgraduate studies in Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts with a scholarship from IKY. She is a professor of painting and responsible for the arts at Vakalo Art and Design college. She is a founding member of the Indoors art team. She has presented 15 solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Her works exist in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.
Spiridoula Politi was born in Houni of Aitoloakarnania. She studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory of Athens (1976-1982) and painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1983-1987) with N. Kessanlis. She also attended philosophy classes with P. Christodoulidis at the School of Fine Arts (1989-1991). She presented her first solo exhibition at the Athens Gallery (1987). She is a founding member of the Indoors art group. She has exhibited 11 solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Her works are in museums, banks and private collections.
Address: 39, Miaouli str., 26222 Patras
Tel: 00302611110069 / 00306945399754
Exhibition Duration: 14th of February – 7th of March 2020
Opening Hours: Tuesday ▪ Thursday ▪ Friday ▪ 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00
Wednesday ▪ Saturday ▪ 10.00 – 14.00
Sunday ▪ Monday ▪ Closed
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Visual meets Vinyl
34 contemporary visual artists are inspired by their favorite vinyl
The online platform, To Pikap Community – Αrt in Thessaloniki, for the first time, travels and presents to the Athenian audience a live and interactive project in actual space. 34 artworks of the most recent visual production of the city form the core of the exhibition entitled Visual meets Vinyl that will be on show from February 15 to March 8, 2020, at the venue of Τhe Project Gallery.
In the past decades, many exhibitions have been organized under the theme of multifaceted character of vinyl records and their relation to visual arts: from the early age of vinyl production at the end of the 1940’s, to the end of the 1960s that due to technological developments formed the peak period of its performance, through the early 1980’s, the period of its decadence, and until its recent commercial reappearance. Vinyl Records have influenced to a great extend the artistic oeuvre of both renowned and young artists who, in many occasions, have placed them at the center of their artistic creation.
Renown visual artists have created the covers of the most successful music productions: in 1955 Salvador Dali for Jackie Gleason, in 1967 Andy Warhol for Velvet Underground, in 1983 Keith Haring for David Bowie, in 1984 Jean-Michel Basquiat for The Offs, in 2003 Robert Rauschenberg for the Talking Heads, in 2011 Banksy for the Blur, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have collaborated with Damien Hirst etc. In parallel, contemporary exhibitions highlighted the connection between visual artists and musicians. Mainly in the 1960s, pop and rock music performers collaborated closely with visual artists in the creation of the most subversive, radical and avant-garde covers while at the same time, young, underground musicians are recognized not only for the quality of their music but also for the exquisite visual creation that comes with it.
In contrast to the above practice, the exhibition Visual meets vinyl focuses on artistic creations that, have been materialized through the study of a specific Record Album cover, of its music content and the artistic profile of the musician. 34 artists choose among their favorite vinyl-records and are inspired from them in order to create new artwork using multiple of expressive mediums: painting, photography, installation, drawing, itching, sculpture and video. The exhibition aims to introduce to a wider audience the recent artistic production together with the musical and visual source of inspiration behind each artwork and also highlight the current contemporary art scene of Thessaloniki.
- Zefi Athanasopoulou
- Christiana Aliente
- Dimitris Ameladiotis
- Maria Andrikopoulou
- Aggelos Damis
- Lampros Asimakis
- Nikos Varitimiadis
- Stephania Veldemiri
- Maria Vozali
- Ania Vouloudi
- Maria Galazoula
- Tomas Diafas
- Yiorgos Drosos
- Elena Efeoglou
- Ano Theodoroglou
- Iordanis Kalimerakis
- Dimitris Karlaftopoulos
- Despina Konstantinou
- Thomas Lioutas
- Valia Lolidou
- Giorgos Mihalopoulos
- Zisis Bliatkas
- Fani Boudouroglou
- Alexia Xafopoulou
- Yorgos Papakarmezis
- Alexandros Plomaritis
- Zografia Popoli
- Thanasis Sabaziotis
- Filippos Tatakis
- Maria Tsagkari
- Marina Tsakalou
- Stefanos Tsakiris
- Giorgos Chatziagorou
- Christos Venetis
“To Pikap” is a multi-purpose facility located at the general Roman Forum area, at the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece, 57 Olympou Str. Our activities include, among others, the managing of a radio station, a record store, a book store, an art space called “The Room”, a cafe-bar with daily dj sets, a record label, plus two online platforms regarding the visual artists and the musicians of Thessaloniki: “To Pikap Community” & “To Pikap The Scene”. Music, vinyl records and visual arts hold a special place in the field of To Pikap’s interests.
“To Pikap Community – Art In Thessaloniki”. This is an attempt to assemble and present the visual artistic creation of the city of Thessaloniki. We created an online platform which includes visual artists who live and work in the city. Each entry consists of information, sample of works, external links and any further elements, each artist considers helpful to publicize in order to show and present hers/his personal progress and work.
The Project Gallery is an innovative art space located in Athens at Monastiraki area, at 3 Normanou Street. We focus on thematic group exhibitions, highlighting current international art production but our curated program spans the full spectrum of contemporary art, from talks and open discussions to live acts and performances.
We aim to be part of the cultural life of Athens, discover and present the local visual art scene, while through international collaborations and cultural exchanges to create bridges between Greece and abroad for the promotion and diffusion of Greek art globally.
Our creative team brings together and generates young architects, graphic designers, curators and art historians who are involved in the visual arts field, embracing contemporary art. We focus on emerging, original, high quality and alternative artworks, while maintaining respectful towards artists, the public and the art world. We aspire to communicate, motivate and grant a crucial meaning to Art, as an alternative attitude to everyday life during these critical times.
Curators: Dimitris Aggelis, art director of “To Pikap Community” in collaboration with Domna Gounari, art-curator of exhibitions and performances of contemporary art.
Opening: Saturday, February 15, 20:00-23:30
Duration: 15-2-2020 until 8-3-2020
Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 23:00
The Project Gallery
Address: Normanou 3, Athina 105 55, Greece
Tel: +30 21 3043 6954
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