The group show The Ruralists will open at a.antonopoulou.art on Tuesday December 4th, 2018. The exhibition presents 13 artists who live and work outside the major urban centers. The title The Ruralists does not imply a movement nor trend, and certainly not a coherent artistic movement, as in the case of the group Brotherhood of Ruralists, founded in 1975 around the pop artist Peter Blake, which suggested the restoration of a bucolic English landscape as central subject theme in paintings.
The artists of this show barely deal with landscape paintings, although the theme of open landscape runs the exhibition as a fact; however it is not present in every artwork. Away from the urban life and the suffocating dimension of the city, the horizon of the work and the artist are expanding in order to incorporate naturally the everyday practices, imagination, craftsmanship, inventiveness.
Paintings and sculptures, photographs and installations are created by a plethora of materials and techniques that are related to the environment. All the projects generally avoid the drama without lacking the drama. Time arises as the key question and as a primary value in this group exhibition of artists in Athens, aiming to resemble a sunny rural courtyard during a December day.
The group show is co-curated by Angeliki Antonopoulou and Alexios Papazacharias.
Petros Efstathiadis, Manolis Zacharioudakis, Katerina Kana, Ioannis Kolliopoulos, Zissis Kotionis, Margarita Myrogianni, Apostolos Ntelakos, Paola Palavidi, Alexios Papazacharias, Leda Papaconstantinou, Thanassis Totsikas, George Tsakiris, Alexandros Psychoulis.
Opening: 04/12/2018 at 19:00
Duration: 04/12/2018 – 19/01/2019
Exhibition Opening hours:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 14:00 – 20:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 16:00
Monday, Tuesday & Sunday: Closed
Admission: Free Event
Address: 20 Aristofanous street, Psyrri, 105 54
Tel: 210 3214994
Media Sponsor: KROMA magazine
Mark Hadjipateras’ solo exhibition opens at a.antonopoulou.art on Thursday 24th of January. The new paintings and sculptures that comprise this exhibition contain many of the features recognizable in Mark Hadjipateras’ practice: biosynthetic creatures, enigmatic objects and symbols, indeterminate topographies, and, of course, his characteristic playfulness. Here, however, it is as though a mist has lifted on the scenery revealing a brighter, fresher palette of clear blues and greys offset by acid yellows, greens, earth tones, accented with an occasional flash of red. Hadjipateras now presents a simpler world of more precisely executed forms that then transmigrate from their two-dimensional communities into discrete three-dimensional figures.
In the paintings, crisp bands of gradated or flat colour fields evoke curiously furnished rooms or horizon lines separating skies from uncharted seas and lands that support unidentifiable life forms. Unlike the populous stretches of Hadjipateras’ earlier Habitats, these places are sparsely settled. Each element plays a distinct role, albeit mystifying, in the environment. When the colour bands are vertical, they set up amicable if incongruent conversations between interior and exterior, among arabesques, swirls and static totems that could be of the natural world or of human production for domestic use, or some hybrid of both. Hadjipateras has removed illusory perspective but retained allusions to nature.
The cast aluminium sculptures take their forms from the paintings, in some cases directly and elsewhere less so. At 50cm tall, they are the comforting height of family pets. Like the shapes and creatures in the paintings, they conjure up plants, trees, lighting fixtures, furniture, marine life, birds, small predators, hieroglyphs, and obscure sacred objects. As autonomous and free-standing, unlike their two-dimensional counterparts, their presence and provenance is even more ambiguous.
Of the sculptures, some are given a shiny metallic finish; some are painted black and some are white. The metallic sculptures take mostly curvilinear and spiroid forms, whereas their black and white companions are generally more static. Although the modernist element has always been present in Hadjipateras’ practice, these graceful organic shapes are particularly informed by the 20thcentury sensibility shared with artists such as Arthur Dove, Joan Miró, Hans Arp, Henri Matisse, and others.
Andrea Gilbert, 2018
Opening: 24/01/2019 at 19:00
Duration: 25/01/2019 – 04/03/ 2019
Exhibition opening hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 14:00 – 20.00
Saturday: 12.00 – 16.00
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Address: 20 Aristofanous Street, Psyrri, 105 54 Athens
Tel.: 210 3214 994
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine