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Sep
21
Thu
“Pythia”, Chrysanne Stathacos Solo Presentation @ The Breeder Gallery
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

PYTHIA

Chrysanne Stathacos with Hunter Reynolds

The Breeder is pleased to present Chrysanne Stathacos’s (b. 1951) first solo presentation in Greece. Titled Pythia, the show consists two works: The Pythia’s Rose Mandala, along with documentation of a collaboration with artist Hunter Reynolds, the performance The Banquet (1992).

The Pythia’s Rose Mandala is exhibited on the gallery’s ground floor. The Rose Mandala series was originally created to be presented to the Dalai Lama in 2006 for his visit at the University of Buffalo; the Mandalas have been featured in numerous international exhibitions such as AA Bronson’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Kunstverein Salzburg, 2015; Sacre du Printemps, Kunstverein Graz, 2015; The Temptation of AA Bronson, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2013 and will also be included in AA Bronson’s upcoming exhibition at KW Institute of Contemporary Art Berlin in 2018.

The titular “Pythia” is a censer, placed in the centre of the installation and referencing the tripod structures used in ancient Delphi by female oracles. For Stathacos, these bronze structures reference ancient female spirituality – the oracle that prophesies the future and also heals certain pasts. Her use of the Pythia is an act of feminist reclamation of this spiritual ancestry.

Stathacos, Rose Mirror Mandala of Three Reflections

This installation is initiated and concluded by a time-based performative ritual. Departing from the historical mandala structure, Stathacos plucks dozens of roses apart petal by petal, laying them in a circular formation around a colored mirror, at the center of which stands a Pythia censer. Stathacos invites her audience to participate in the place-setting ritual by engaging them in conversation throughout. This has been described by AA Bronson as an act of ‘public service’. The space is redolent with the scent of roses. Throughout the exhibition these petals are left to dry and although the mandalas maintain their colour, they gradually reduce in size. What remains of the dried-up mandala is swept away as a closing ritual at the end of the exhibition.

In the basement Stathacos’s seminal collaborative work The Banquet with Hunter Reynolds (aka Patina du Prey) is screened. First performed at Thread Waxing Space in 1992, it was largely inspired by Surrealist Meret Oppenheim’s Spring Feast, in which a banquet was presented on the body of a nude woman. Andre Breton later encouraged Oppenheim to re-enact Spring Feast for the Paris Exhibition entitled Exposition InteR natiOnale du Surrealism (the last joint exhibition of the Surrealist group). In The Banquet, Stathacos and Reynolds have inverted Oppenheim’s original event by substituting a nude man for the woman, blatantly confronting issues of male dominance throughout (art) history.

Born in Buffalo, New York, and based between Athens and Toronto, Stathacos brings together performance, installation and video in various formats, creating participatory projects, aiming to make new connections between cultures, historical periods, technologies and environmental issues. At the heart of Stathacos’s work is a deep commitment to examining and reconfiguring the patriarchal history and histories developed through a feminist perspective of art and society. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s Stathacos was active in the Toronto artist-run community, curating projects for A-Space including Terminal Building and Hallwalls/ A Space Exchange. She co-founded The Gap, a performance art space with Martin Heath, Colin Lochhead, Elke Town, and David Buchan. In the late 1970s Stathacos became associated with the art collective General Idea, eventually moving to New York and sharing a studio with the group’s founders, AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal. She founded Expanded Art Ideas, an innovative art education program for Artists’ Space, NYC and directed the program until 2016. She launched MOMMY, a website celebrating women artists with artist Susan Silas in 2011. She is a founding Director of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that works to help Tibetan Buddhist women practitioners in India and Tibet, inspired by the life work of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.

The Breeder Gallery

PREVIEW
21 Sep. 2017  8-10pm
DURATION
21 Sep. 2017 to
21 Oct. 2017
HOURS
Tues to Fri 12-8pm & Sat 12-6pm
Sep
28
Thu
Maria Tzanakou- Valia Papastamou: Two-Person Show @ Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm

MARIA TZANAKOU

VALIA PAPASTAMOU

TWO-PERSON SHOW

Valia Papastamou
φ.ο.6, 2017
Metal, textile, insulating material
Dimensions variable

On Thursday, 28th September 2017, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents the exhibition of Maria Tzanakou and Valia Papastamou.

The show will run until 04th November 2017.

 On the two-person show of Maria Tzanakou and Valia Papastamou presented on the first floor of the gallery, the two artists create on an equal artistic basis a dialogue on the various mechanisms of language. With different mediums, but with the same delicate handling of their materials, they attempt to develop a personal form of speech, in which the meaning often remains stranded in silence. In Tzanakou’s case, this communication comes through the written speech which transforms into an artwork, whilst, in contrast, in Papastamou’s body of work, it articulates through the sculptures she creates.

As the artist Irini Bachlitzanaki points out, in writing about Maria Tzanakou’s installation 33 is my favourite word, the artist presents a series of works that deal with the passage of time, the meaning of return, but also the constant effort of creating and constituting personal speech.

Through personal references, which purposefully remain vague and unattached, and through an obvious economy of visual mediums, Tzanakou presents a series of works-traces. Drawings, sculptures, oil on canvas and unedited videos are all equal in value snapshots, which, when placed in the exhibition space, compose a fragmentary narration.

Maria Tzanakou
MAYBE, 2017
Pencil on marble
Dimensions variable

In the core of Tzanakou’s work reside the words that consist for many years the means and subject of her research, a research which remains in progress. The words and phrases themselves become the ground of negotiation: through odd play on words, playful mutations, surrealist loans, but also the position they occupy in the physical space, the works tiptoe constantly between the obvious and the latent meaning, literalism and metaphor. The immediacy, spontaneity and feeling of intimacy that regulate the spoken language are combined in the overall body of the works, which are presented with severity, a feeling of permanence, and the gravity of the written language.

Valia Papastamou perceives Phonological minerals as sculptures of a possible speech. They emerge as acts of a sculpture of speech which escape the limits of the oral cavity, attempting to reach the Other. This effort articulates the language-as-object through the reformulation of different versions of an oral address. The versions of the phonological mining consist of formations of a verbal world which surfaces in order to reside while language is already the residence of being. They are formulated as sculptural possibilities of the very effort of hauling the voice, through a double movement of appropriation and alienation of its unfolding. Phonological minerals appear as snapshots of speech acts that have been reduced to a subtle silence, a breach on the speech continuum, which leads the speech dynamic to its material limits. The action of formulating those phonological minerals develops as a procedure in which happens that-which-is-not-language. A procedure of openness, during which the mouth is never a mouth of sealed silence.

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center

28.09.2017 – 04.11.2017

Visiting hours: Tue – Fri: 15:00 – 20:00, Saturday: 12:00 – 16:00

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Michalis Zacharias “Mostly Harmless” @ ILEANA TOUNTA Contemporary Art Center
Sep 28 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm

Mostly Harmless

Michalis Zacharias

 28.09.2017 – 04.11.2017

OnThursday, 28th September 2017, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents the solo show of Michalis Zacharias entitled Mostly Harmless*.

The show will run until 4th November 2017.

KROMA // Mostly Harmless // Michalis Zacharias

“The impulse of modernity, we are told on the other hand, is exhausted; anyone who considers himself avant-garde can read his own death warrant. Although the avant-garde is still considered to be expanding, it is supposedly no longer creative. Modernism is dominant but dead.”

Modernity-An Incomplete Project, Jürgen Habermas

Although modernism as an impact dominates western culture and most of its characteristics can be traced as echoes everywhere, it appears that these echoes are filtered and reflected in a way that the Utopian impulse -to use Fredric Jameson’s  description of the modernist vision- seems nowadays to be expressed in a neutralized way, unarmed and stripped of its radicality.

We have witnessed an avant-garde nostalgia in recent years, a more direct revision of modernism, aesthetically closer to its origins, and all the above observations seem more legitimate than ever. Michalis Zacharias’ Mostly Harmless is a body of work that deals with this subject, comments on the historical value of modernism and especially on how we perceive it and redefine it.

The exhibition consists of six “notes”, which vary from printed pages to large scale prints and installations, where a system of beliefs based on modernist visions as doctrine is recognized, along with the awareness of the post-modern identity that defines contemporary culture.  As contradictory as possible, in a dipole explained simply as modernism versus reality, a juxtaposition is created, which sets the aesthetics of modernism in a specific context, where the vision behind the aesthetics dissolves in a mixture that produces irony. Forming always a pair of data, an iconic image or notion of the avant-garde and a surrounding context that tends to absorb the image’s radicality, the works generate an annotation on how contemporary culture integrates modernism.

*Mostly Harmless is the description of planet Earth in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the electronic space-travel guide in the series of books The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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Visiting hours: Tue – Fri: 15:00 – 20:00, Saturday: 12:00 – 16:00

Oct
4
Wed
“Welcome to wee” Steve Gianakos’ solo show @ ALPHAΔELTA GALLERY
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm

STEVE GIANAKOS

“Welcome to wee”

KROMA Awkward pleasantries I, 2015, laser print on paper, 111x165cm

Awkward pleasantries I, 2015, laser print on paper, 111x165cm

 

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 20:00 AD Gallery opens the new solo show of Steve Gianakos entitled “Welcome to wee”.

Steve Gianakos entered the stage of American art almost ten years after the first appearance of Pop Art. He began to exhibit his early work when Pop Art was at its peak, when its stars were shining on the scene, while, at the same time, Minimal Art appeared with remarkable strength. The artist is particularly attracted by the ideas of Minimalism, especially by its shift with respect to the objects and materials used in the composition of the artwork, and the “absence” of the artist from the final work, in the sense of the absence of his recognizable “manual” skills.

The second pole of attraction for Gianakos is the strong image, which arrives at the limits of provocation. His work is nourished by popular culture, by the eroticism and the violence of comic books, by the pretentious innocence of children’s books of the 50s. Gianakos is part of a group of American artists that constituted an opposing force to the sensationalism and commercialism of the mainstream Pop Art of the 60’s… and presented themselves as artists’ artists rather than mediagenic darlings of the market and the art trade.

He takes aim at the politically correct values of puritan America—those of the puritan West—and finds great pleasure in watching them explode in our faces. But the absence of the artist from the final work is what places the provocation in the sphere of the social. Gianakos does not create provocative, sexist and violent images, but “assigns” this role to the peculiar way in which society functions. This is why, in the end, his work is more Punk than Pop.

“The Image is the Product!”

KROMA - A gifted raconteur, 2017, laser print on canvas, 160x110cm

A gifted raconteur, 2017, laser print on canvas, 160x110cm

The central issue in this series of works is for the image itself to constitute the final product. In this sense, the spectator shouldn’t “look” beyond it, shouldn’t search the method of construction, the skill of the artist or the texture. This is reminiscent of the effort of minimalist art to produce works that are self-contained. Gianakos takes up the challenge to do so through the strength of the image. He doesn’t bypass the difficulties of figurative composition by simply giving it up. He also wants to revert the characteristic process of Pop Art, which upgrades common images from comics and pop heroes to the “noble” material of the canvas. Here painting loses its halo and acquires the form of a commonplace object, it transforms into a “poster”. Steve Gianakos chooses to make his final product look like a “poster”, a perfect industrially produced product. So, here the visitor of the exhibition will have to get over his uneasiness to decide to what extent what he sees is just a poster or not. If, in the end, the strength of the image makes the object-product a work of art.

The works in the exhibition are unique pieces. The artist does not follow the pathways of mec-art of the 60s, where the painter composed the form that, supposedly, would be produced massively by a machine. He chooses to create unique works, which could lead him to different versions of the image. His approach is closer to the approach of Picabia and the different versions of his own painting that the latter made. Versions for which Picabia was at first criticized, and later praised as the ancestor of contemporary painting.

The 1st flour of the gallery presents a selection of printed canvases, either as pre-thoughts or after-thoughts in the process of making the black-and-white works of the 2nd floor. The research that led him to the “pure image-product”, to his “posters”, has in a way infiltrated the canvas. By breaking the traditional rules and using some of the codes and methods that were used, during the previous century, to declare the “end of art”, Gianakos seeks, on the contrary, to push art a step further.

The position The Image is the Product wasn’t however always as strong. During previous historical periods, the image was only the pretext. The important thing was what was happening in “the inner space” of the work, and what was important was set by the particular means by which the artist composed the image. This position is here canceled. There is nothing happening inside the image we see. However, Gianakos’ position isn’t an analogous to the philosophical debate on the “end of art” or the “end of ideology”. The artist wants to expose the myths that accompany the work of art as much as the role of the artist in society. Myths that supported the dominating social beliefs concerning the relation among opposite sexes, sexuality, family or the role of the child. Gianakos wishes to subtract the “traditional” values of art, to destroy it’s “aura”, to be finally able to touch it’s essence.

Compared to the more appealing canvases, the posters are more unappetizing in many ways – in terms of the picture, in terms of the violence of the subject matter, in terms of the paper. You have to be a slightly “vulgar” person to consider it art… “But the message has to be strong enough to make the picture appealing” says Gianakos. “Think for a moment, who makes posters? Political parties, for instance, make posters. Their purpose is to produce something direct and strong, which does not need any explanation, where the meaning is the image, where the image, and therefore the meaning, is the product. That’s the goal – to make nothing … it’s close to nothing, but it is something. It is really not easy, but it’s interesting to figure out how to make the ugliest thing in the world into a beautiful thing to look at”.

KROMA - Neighbors, 2016, laser print on paper, 110x145cm

Neighbors, 2016, laser print on paper, 110x145cm

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Exhibition duration: October 4 – December 2, 2017

Visiting hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00-21:00 and Saturday 12:00-16:00

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He[art] touch by Teodosio at the OCSC @ Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 3 @ 9:00 pm

He[art] touch

exhibition by Teodosio at the OCSC


KROMA // He[art] touch” exhibition by Teodosio

Geometric and mechanical hearts – sculptures and mixed media artwork by Teodosio Sectio Aurea will be displayed at the Atrium of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center from Wednesday, October 4, 2017 till Friday, November 3, 2017. The exhibition titled “He[art] touch” is organized as part of the celebratory events for World Heart Day.

KROMA // He[art] touch” exhibition by Teodosio

With the human heart as his main theme, Teodosio transfers us to his own universe, where he breathes new life and gives a beating “heart” to disused items, such as electrodes, sheet metal, ball bearings, spare car parts and electrical equipment. He uses mostly metal since he considers it to be indestructible.

KROMA // He[art] touch” exhibition by Teodosio

The artist’s 24 creations will take us on a journey to his unique and magical world, where imagination and reality blend together, thus resulting in Teodosio’s special harmonious work.

KROMA // He[art] touch” exhibition by Teodosio

This is the third solo exhibition of this innovative artist, who never ceases to amaze us.


“He[art] touch” exhibition information:

Duration: October 4, 2017 – November 3, 2017, (Monday – Sunday, 09:00-21:00)

Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, 4 October, 2017 at 20:00-22:00

Where: Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, 356 Sigrou Avenue, Kallithea

Free admission

Contact details: 210 94 93 188, info@onasseio.gr

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Media Sponsor: KROMA

KROMA // He[art] touch” exhibition by Teodosio


 

Oct
5
Thu
Maria Spyraki // Riot Territories @ Artzone42
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm

RIOT TERRITORIES

Maria Spyraki

Art Zone 42 gallery hosts Maria Spyraki’s first individual exhibition under the general title Riot Territories curated by art theorist Domna Hanoumidou from October 5th until October 27th 2017.

KROMA // Riot Territories // Maria Spyraki

The exhibition curator underlines the following regarding Maria Spyraki’s work: “Abundant in symbols and geometric motifs, Maria Spyraki’s universe incessantly unfolds and retracts right in front of the visitor’s eyes much like a field of endless internal conflicts would. The artist masterfully converts her canvas into a graffiti theatre of confrontational mechanisms and stereotypes. By selecting as points of reference repetitive symbols that bear a harsh and often aggressive nuance, and by incorporating at the same time pop culture and street art elements, she delimits a framework of an artistic expression with intense emotional and psychological background, while registering at the same time a trenchant sociological concern.

To be more specific, in the artist’s painting environment timeless symbols, such as the thunder, the star, or the skull, along with other contemporary symbols, such as the robot or a nail, keep popping out – in an unruly and aggressive manner – through an austere architecturally constructed background that sometimes alludes to a modern urban landscape and other times to a verdant natural environment, so as to state the inner confrontational concerns in a riveting and mordant manner. These ostensibly conventional visual interventions on the canvas build a “wall” of protest, and become the points of revolt against a style that is “male” in name only. This is so because they reverse in an unexpected way all the premises of the so-called “female” visual art style. By thus abolishing conventions and norms, the artist proceeds to a bombardment of figurative elements of an archetypically phallic symbolism, without however losing the female aspect in her works, mainly through the lurking sensuality that resides in the selection of her themes and the alternating colors of the background.

KROMA // Riot Territories // Maria Spyraki

The “battlefields” the Maria Spyraki visually maps depict, if nothing else, the contemporary woman’s anguish to justly respond to her multiple roles, to the point that she is often forced to function mechanically (woman-robot); to dare bring her male aspect to the limelight or even go as far as to impose it when necessary (woman-sharp metal); to tame the musts and the external conventions, to expostulate and strongly put forward her own wants (woman-thunder), without however disavowing her female nature (woman-star), exactly as dictated by the futility of the current superficial life style (woman-skull). It is essentially a clear sociological and cultural comment through an inner narration, which ultimately leads to a de profundis confession.

Armed with her personal semantic system and using her own visual art jargon as her weapon of choice, Maria Spyraki resists, clashes, intervenes, mourns, confesses, demands, and is relieved, ultimately converting her personal register from a battlefield into a field of glory.”

Maria Spyraki was born in Athens on November 1977. She graduated from the Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture and the Greenwich University of London. She has an architectural office, and painting is her main form of expression. She has participated in select group exhibitions, whereas the exhibition under the title Riot Territories hosted at the Art Zone 42 gallery is her first personal exhibition.

The exhibition opening: Thursday, October 5th at 8 p.m.

Exhibition Duration: October 5th until October 27th, 2017

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Yannis Vassalos – Artificial Human Vanitas @ Alma Gallery Athens
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm

Artificial Human Vanitas

Yannis Vassalos

With a completely personal approach, Yannis Vassalos processes digital photos, draws a body of figurative references, combines them and transforms them into compositions that focus on the human condition, and simultaneously depicts, in a fanciful, original and crucial way, the complexity and the divisions, different versions and aspects of a fragmented and contradictory world, a chaotic and labyrinthian reality. The intense colors, plasticity and density of shapes, graphics, fragmentation and deformations, overlaps and extensions, double and / or multiple images, unexpected combinations and unexpected encounters create balance and resist, give dynamism, energy and endogenous intensity, contribute decisively to the overall evocative and paradoxical atmosphere of his works.

KROMA - Yannis Vassalos

An idyllic universe of “crushed” images and mirror images is coming to the fore. Inner yet unexpected spaces, skulls (recurring pattern and repeating as permanent memento mori) and stretched hands, strange plant motifs and abstract formations, gates opening into the unknown, nightly views of urban landscapes, human figures that emerge from the dark and sinking in it they are dominated by experiential situations, emotional and psychic manifestations.

KROMA - Yannis Vassalos

The compositions of Yannis Vassalos claim their place in the era of mediated and digital image. His subjects emerge and exist on the verge of reality, fantasy and dream, they conceal or gradually reveal, while pop aesthetic, surrealism, ironic mood and a subversive sense of humor play a leading role.

KROMA - Yannis Vassalos - Artificial Nature Vol.III

In a systematic, critical and symbolic manner, he organizes his material, reveals his obsessions, his origins and intentions, he composes unpredictable scenes of human life, directs the ambiguous and densely “inhabited” spaces of his narratives and stories, metamorphoses and shifts, experimenting and exploring its expressive potential.

Curator: Yannis Bolis, Art Historian

Exhibition Duration: 5 October – 27 October

Visiting Hours:

Wed-Sat
12:00-16:00
Thu-Fri
12:00-20:00

Tel:+30 211 400 3160

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Oct
8
Sun
Οccupy Atopos #FYTA @ ATOPOS CVC
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 20 @ 9:30 pm

FYTA

Curator: Vassilis Zidianakis and Fil Ieropoulos

Opening Sunday, October 8 at 19:00
Duration 8-13 October 2017

ATOPOS CVC 72 Salaminos str., Metaxourgeio, Athens (nearest Metro stations Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio)
(Entrance free)

As part of the Occupy Atopos project, the conceptual art duo FYTA are occupying the premises of Atopos cvc for a week of creative disorder. To celebrate five years since its inception, FYTA are organising an exhibition of their work that will also include performances, lectures and discussions from October 8 until October 13. The exhibition will include artworks by FYTA, pieces from their personal archive and portraits of the duo by various artists. The week will start with an interactive happening on October 8 during which their hot-off-the-press The Black book of FYTA [Nefeli Publications] will be launched. The book includes texts on politics in art by academics and artists from Greece and the UK.

About FYTA
FYTA’s work deals with identity politics, questions of avant-garde art in times of crisis and the possibility of political activism through creative means. Their work has been exhibited in Greece, the UK, Germany and Switzerland. FYTA are currently working as curators for the Athens Biennale 2018.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 8, 2017 Starting time 19:00
Opening Event
FYTA will be signing copies of “The Black Book of FYTA” + performances and installation with the participation of Manos Bazanis, Mariza Tsari, Kostis Stafylakis, Anastasia Diavasti, Fatnut da gamba, Michael Veritopoulos etc

Monday, October 9, 2017 Starting time: 19:00
“Pokemon Poetry”
Poetry slam/spoken-word evening and discussion on hybrid creative media and the obscure poetics of the digital era.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Starting time: 19:00
“From FYTA to FYTINI”
Presentation on the question “what is queer music” by musicologist Nikos Vourdoulas and discussion with guests. Also, selections of post-punk and avant-garde vinyl records by Filtig.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Starting time: 19:00
“Elements of patriotism, nationalism and neofolk in contemporary art”
Panel and discussion with Sofia Bempeza, Panayis Panagiotopoulos, Despina Sevasti, Kostis Stafylakis

Thursday, October 12, 2017 Starting time: 19:00
“Salad Babies”
Pre-finissage and varieté-herbarium featuring ActiVista, Yorgos Kalogeropoulos, Baby, Kangela Tromokratisch, Evi Tsaklanou, Dame Ovale and others.

Friday, October 13, 2017 Starting time:19:00
Closing Event
A tour at the show with FYTA who will share with the audience saucy stories from the world of contemporary art.

Entrance free

*All presentations and discussions will take place in Greek

With the support of
Evharis | Fimi | Citrus

Atopos cvc / Communication
kika.kyriakakou@atopos.gr / press@atopos.gr / atopos.gr

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Monday-Friday/ 10:30-18:30

Oct
11
Wed
Stefania Strouza Currents and Currencies @ a.antonopoulou.art.
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 10:00 pm

Stefania Strouza

Currents and Currencies

Stefania Strouza’s first solo exhibition in Greece opens on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at a.antonopoulou.art.

In her new solo exhibition, sculptor Stefania Strouza uncovers the analogies between currents and currencies, focusing on the connections that both establish between territories, populations, discourses, and economies.

From the first aquatic flow of the mythical river Potamos up to contemporary information circuits, currents act as mediators for the appearance of a series of topological formations. In parallel, the earliest currency is embodied in the form of seashells used in maritime trade. The artist explores these historical and metaphorical ties between flows and currencies, thus blurring the boundaries between nature, culture, and economy.

The exhibition transforms these ideas into a series of sculptural works that oscillate between connectivity and disjuncture, liquidity and “petrification”. Three materials—marble, aluminium and silicon—refer to the different flows of matter within historical time, from the slow-moving currents of the ancient world, to the faster-paced industrial epoch and finally to the accelerated era of the post-industrial. Finally, the motif of accumulation of flows, objects and concepts takes the form of a large-scale textile, a fluid diagram in dialogue with the hybrid objects of the installation.

Biography

Stefania Strouza has recently returned to Athens, Greece. She is a graduate of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and has completed two postgraduate programs, the first at the Institute “Art, Space and Nature” of Edinburgh College of Art (2010) and the second at the department of Textual Sculpture in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2015). Her practice examines the relationship between cultural history and fictive events and their manifestation in contemporary aesthetic discourses.

She has presented her work in several institutions in Greece and abroad: Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, Germany; Wiener Art Foundation, Austria (solo); Neue Galerie, Innsbruck, Austria (solo); Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Athens, Greece (solo); BOZAR Brussels, Belgium; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece. Strouza is among the recipients of the 2017 Award of the National Bank of Greece for Emerging Artists, the 2015 Diploma Award of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the 2014 Caritas Hotel Design Award and the 2012 BAT (British American Tobacco) Art Award.

In 2016, she was an artist-in-residence at the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau (DE) and at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies in Princeton University (US).  In autumn 2017 her work will be presented in the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and in 2018 she will be an artist-in-residence in Mexico City with the support of the Austrian Ministry of Culture.

Opening: Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 7 – 10 p.m.

Exhibition duration: October 12 – November 25, 2017

Visiting Hours: Wed – Fri 2 – 8 p.m. and Saturday 12 – 4 p.m. 

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Oct
17
Tue
Unravelling the figure / Achilleas Pistonis and Dimitris Angelopoulos @ ena Art Gallery
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 11 @ 9:00 pm

Unravelling the figure

Achilleas Pistonis and Dimitris Angelopoulos


A painting exhibition of Achilleas Pistonis and Dimitris Angelopoulos at ena Art Gallery

KROMA Achilleas Pistonis "Thirst", 170Χ140cm, oil on canvas

Achilleas Pistonis “Thirst”, 170Χ140cm, oil on canvas

kaplanon galleries (ena Art Gallery) present from the 17th of October 2017 the painting exhibition of Αchileas Pistonis and Dimitris Angelopoulos entitled “Unravelling the figure” curated by Hektor Papadakis, professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia. This exhibition constitutes a bold attempt to explore-through the juxtaposition of the work of two artists linked by the teacher –student relationship- of the greater issues that have been at the center of endless debates among art scholars and artists regarding figurative art’s contemporaneity and its capacity to capable of remain up to date, an efficient means of expression for humanity’s current problems and ideas, a reliable imprint of new aesthetic searches. It is in this context that the exhibition seeks to focus on the way human figure can be seen as the metaphor for a wider social and artistic reflection. Both artists, by choosing to place at the forefront of their artistic creation the human figure, consciously built a modern narrative based on a means that today has often been considered “obsolete” proving that figurative art is as modern as ever.

KROMA Achilleas Pistonis "Eleni", 140x110cm, oil on canvas

Achilleas Pistonis “Eleni”, 140x110cm, oil on canvas

To sum up, this exhibition aims to elucidate the multi-levelled dynamic presence of human figure in contemporary painting through the work of a pair of painters who attempt, by re-examining both its role and symbolism, to give it a new life.

KROMA Dimitris Angelopoulos "Reflection", 170Χ140 cm, Oil on Canvas

Dimitris Angelopoulos “Reflection”, 170Χ140 cm, Oil on Canvas

The exhibition, which launces on October the 17th and will run until November the 11th, is supported by INTERAMERICAN as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and its active interest in visual arts.


“Unravelling the figure” Exhibition information:

Exhibition duration: 17 October – 11 November

Exhibition opening: Τuesday 17 October 2017   at 20:00

ena Art Gallery, Valaoritou 9c, 10671 Athens tel.: 210 33 88 501 www.kaplanongalleries.com

Opening hours: Tuesday , Thursday, Friday : 11.00 – 21.00 , Wednesday : 11.00 – 16.00, Saturday : 11.00 – 15.00

Exhibition video: https://vimeo.com/236394534

Media Sponsor: KROMA