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Chiderah Bosah Samuel (b.2000) is a self taught contemporary visual artist whose flair for art incepted at a very tender age of replicating -with pencil on paper- any visual figures he found in books and comics. This early and random interest in art eventually metamorphosed into a full-fledged career for this Port-Harcourt based Nigerian visual artist. Growing up in Africa, and with the common narrative incumbent on a typical black person, Bosah had always wanted to communicate these everyday experiences- the struggles and blessings- from his own standpoint. He uses art as an outlet not only to express himself but also to becocome a voice of the people. Currently exploring the medium of oil on canvas, his genre of art spans across figurative representation, simplified realism and portraiture, employing them as a means to mostly depict the resilient lives of Africans in the motherland. The singularity in Chiderah’s style of painting is the pronounced use of calm and pale hues to consummate his peculiar niche. Chiderah Bosah’s works have been exhibited in some major fairs across Africa, Europe and the United States.

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Panos Charalampous (b.1956) is an artist living and working in Athens. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens under Nikos Kessanlis. He has participated in international exhibitions, including: 58th Biennale Arte, Venice, 2019 / Voice-o-graph & Flatus Vocis, documenta14, Athens and Kassel, 2017 / Genii Loci. Greek art from 1930 since today, Saint Petersburg, 2016 / White House Biennial, Varna, 2016 / Breakthrough, ARCO, Madrid, 2004 / Eidos, Besançon, 2004 / Copenhagen – European Capital of Culture, 1996 / Ogrody, Poznań, 1996 / Kunst-Europa, Visual European Landscape, Berlin, 1991 / Glasgow – European Capital of Culture, 1990 / Οut of limits, Poznan, 1990 / 3rd Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe, Barcelona, 1987. Some of his notable solo shows include: Αquis submersus, Athens, 2014-15 / Tobacco Area, 1986 – 2011, Athens, 2011 / Voice-O-Graph, Athens, 2006-2007 / Phonopolis, Athens, 2003-2004 / Psychagogia II, Athens, 2001 / 1496–2000 / como humo se va, Athens, 1999-2000 / Psychagogia I (Recreation), Athens & Thessaloniki, 1997 / ΙΧΘΥΣ, Athens, 1995 / Concerning fishing, Athens, 1992 / Τobacco story, Βerlin,1991, Athens,1990,1988.

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Léllé Demertzi (b.1993) graduated from the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens in 2017. She also studied acting at the Athens Conservatory Drama School. She completed the MA Raumstrategien (Spatial Strategies) at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee in July 2019. In September 2020, she completed a 12-Month Internship at the International Program of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In 2020 she was awarded the ARTWORKS Fellowship for Visual Arts, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. She has presented her work (performance, video, installation, photomontage) in solo and group exhibitions in Athens, Berlin, Zurich and Luzern, Salzburg, Accra, and New York. She is part of the artist duo “Reservoir Peacocks”, advocating for unapologetic female empowerment. Recurring matters in her artistic practice which begins from the research of the body, are identity, displacement and the need for belongingness, the ‘self’ and ‘the other’, the in-between spaces, language and silence, memory, presence and absence, as well as the scars and the
stars in the digital era.

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Nicole Economides (b. 1992) is an artist and independent curator based in Athens and New York. She holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons, The New School and a BFA from the Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences at the University of Ioannina (2015). Economides is a recipient of the Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship, the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for Painters and the IBM Grant for Artists in New Media. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in Greece such as Faces of a Hero, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) & Lincoln Center, New York City & Athens, Back to Athens 7, Cheapart (2020), and Inspire: Effective Spaces, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) (2015). She has participated in multiple group shows in New York such as Life-Giving Art: 9 Women Artists of the Diaspora, CUNY (2020) and Beneath Them Was Forever, Westbeth Gallery (2019). She was an artist in residence at the Agora Collective, Berlin in late 2016. She has participated as a guest juror for the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The artist also maintains a collaborative practice with Natalia Almonte, Paradoxluxe, a collective that critically engages the reductive perceptions of Greece and Puerto Rico. They co-curated the exhibition, We Are Here To Serve You (2020) at the Arnold & Sheila Aronson Galleries in Manhattan, that is traveling to Pública: in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2022). She also co-curated the group exhibition What Is Real? with Natalia Almonte and Tunie Betesh which was on view at The Real House in Brooklyn, NY in 2021.

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Panos Famelis (b. 1979) is an artist and independent curator living and working in Athens, on various media ranging from painting, sculpture, drawing, installations, performances and theater. He is the founding member of Under Construction group. He has curated solo and group exhibitions, including: ‘’A letter to Esme’’ & ‘’No Land’’ Two Women Solo Show (Crux Gallery Athens), “Grounded”, Re-Culture Festival, “Coney Island” ( Ersi’s Gallery), “Art is hard”, Festival, Athens – Thessaloniki, “Black Jack 21 artists” (Rhodes Casino) and “Oasis” (Skironion Museum, Athens). He had solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, his work is included in museums and private collections.

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Courage K. Hunke (b.2000) is a contemporary experimental artist who resides in Ashaiman, Tema. His practices involve the use of acrylic on canvas as well as graphite. He is a member of the Artemartis collective based in Accra, Ghana. His works were recently exhibited at the “Birds of a Feather” exhibition, a collaboration between Phillips Auction House and Artemartis in London. His art is influenced by the stories of everyday Ghanaian women and children.

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Cédric Kouamé (b.1992) is a multimedia artist, DJ and radio host (also known as African Diplomat) born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He holds a certificate in Communication and has studied performance and installation in Brussels. He was also trained at the project space Klaym in Abidjan, where he was mentored by photographers Joana Choumali and Flurina Rothenberger. Additionally, he’s done several residencies and workshops with sculptors Kafana Soro and Daniel Bamigbadé. Currently living and working between Brussels and Abidjan, he divides his practice between sculpture, photography and performative activations. His photographic work consists of street portraiture, architecture photography – mostly shot on 35mm films – and a collection of damaged positives and negatives, which he started in 2012. Most of those pictures are reflecting the clash between vernacular and modernism, the impact of this clash on the Ivorian social environment and the idea that a photo even damaged will always retract an emotion or a story to its owner.

Alekos Kyrarinis (b. 1976) was raised on the island of Tinos, the place of his origin. He worked with his father, Yiannis kyrarinis, who was a sculptor in marble, from the age of eleven until he entered the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1997. He studied there between 1997 and 2003, in the studios of Dimitris Mytaras and Yiannis Psychopedis. He has illustrated the books: “Alpha Group Calendar 2003”, “Verifying the night», “Encima del subsuelo / Above the subsoil”, “Drip from the tiles” and the Issues No 1, 2 and 3 of the magazine “New Responsibility”. He collaborates with the magazine “Shaft” and the cultural space “Baumstrasse”. He has published a short essay book about painting entitled “Questions to Nefeli” from Nefeli publications, Athens, 2011. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Athens, Tinos, Poros, Barcelona and Brussels. He lives and works in Athens.

Ebenezer Nana Bruce (b. 1988) is a figurative and portrait painter who lives and works in Accra, Ghana. After graduating from Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2012, he has been practicing as a full-time artist, experimenting with tools and materials, and investigating, researching and experiencing the life behind the spirited crowds and individuals around him. By doing so, he unearths the latest trends in his country, identifies the topics he would like to address, and paints a picture of contemporary Ghanaian society. As an artist he feels he has a vast responsibility to culture and society: to uplift his country through his medium by creating awareness of situational circumstances, by addressing issues that impact us all and by provoking questions that lead discussions around solutions. Ultimately, Nana Bruce offers the observer an inside look of the society through his eyes, both as an artist and a citizen. On the canvas, he applies thick strokes of acrylic paint in an impressionist technique to visualize his narrative.

Dessislava Terzieva (b. 1989, Sofia) is a Bulgarian-American contemporary artist based between Detroit and Sofia. She earned a BA in Political Science from Oakland University and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2021 where she won the Museum Purchase Award and her work was accessioned into the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum. Before attending Cranbrook, Terzieva made a name for herself as a prominent figure in the Detroit art scene, exhibiting in off-site locations, curating independent art spaces, and executing interactive and immersive installations in the public sphere. She has exhibited in the United States and internationally, including: ART-O-RAMA in Marseille, France; KO-OP in Sofia, Bulgaria; College for Creative Studies Center Gallery in Detroit, Michigan; Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio; Aether Haha in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Huron Art Space in San Francisco, California; Mönchskirche in Salzwedel, Germany, Guck mal Günther, Kunst in Lenzburg, Switzerland, International Biennale of Santorini in Santorini, Greece; Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has been awarded a residency at Hestia (Serbia), Bedstuy Art Residency (New York), Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Germany), and World of Co (Bulgaria). In 2021, she founded FIDANA Foundation, a non-profit organization facilitating contemporary art and interventions in public spaces using pre-existing infrastructure.

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Adonis Volanakis (b. 1976) studied/ researched in Wimbledon School of Art, Central Saint Martins, Aalto University, University of Athens and New York University. His visual practice is a collaborative amalgam of fine and performing arts, human relationships and aesthetics, poetry and politics. Since 2003 his work focuses in herstories and since 2006 he facilitates blind date, a togethering collaborative platform. Adonis creates installations, exhibitions, community based public art projects and performances: USA (Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, Dixon’s Place, Kimmel Galleries, etc.), in UK (Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, National Theatre, etc.), in Switzerland (Archeological Museum/ Basel, Kaskadenkondensator); in Georgia (History Museum of Tbilisi); in Greece (DOCUMENTA 14, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, National Theatre, Greek National Opera, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Benaki Museum, Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens Biennial) and in France, Canada, Finland, Czech Republic etc. Creating safe spaces for exchange and creativity is part of Adonis’ artistic practice and since 2005 he has being teaching and/or researching nonstop in universities in Greece, France, USA. Currently is an Assistant Professor at Cyprus University of Technology. Foundations that support his work Fulbright, Onassis, London Institute, Arts and Humanities Research Board/UK, B&E Goulandris, Propondis and Leventis.

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Emmanuel Kwaku Yaro (b. 1995) is a Ghanaian contemporary artist who resides in Labadi, Accra. He has been a practicing artist for over six years and has a number of group exhibitions to his name, working with notable institutions including Alliance Française d’Accra. Yaro has also had a solo exhibition in the African Regent Hotel in Accra which also resulted in growth in the interest in his works, both locally and internationally. He has also been involved in a number of group exhibitions with Efie Gallery in Dubai and Phillips Auction House in London. He is a member of the Artemartis collective in Accra. Inspired by a range of artists like Georges Seurat, Marie-Guillemine Benoist and Sami Bentil, Yaro‘s research and development practices go beyond the limitation of his five senses, and his works are a testament to his passion for detail.

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About the exhibition

The swift progress of technology as a trademark of our time has gone beyond facilitating communication to a de facto abolishment of borders and the annihilation of distances. Ideas, people and goods, tangible or intangible, travel freely and bring closer together all of humankind's aspects and traditions.

At the other end of this leveling -globalizing- development, individual places put up their defense. They act variously with resistance in an attempt to preserve traditions, identities and the systems of values which have marked and determined the major or latent histories of each region.

It is this spirit, this differentiated view of the world that CITRONNE Gallery wishes to showcase. The exhibition "Proximities and Distances" brings onto the artistic scene a multiple reading of the world. The continents are distinct but come together in the context of art—which, in any case, transcends by definition the perceptible world.

In the works on show visitors can observe these 'local' viewpoints. The works span within a broad spectrum, from a figurative to an abstractive approach to History and its interpretation. The selective images of the artists feature the memories of place, either as origins and distant references or as continuous experiences.

The curator of the show L. Demertzi notes “Uniting the local and the global, identity emerges as a palimpsest of both worlds, inhabiting their in-between space. It is proposed that identity is constantly in flux, shaping and being shaped by our positioning within the world. Aspiring to decipher the realms of our contemporary “glocal” collectivity, the exhibition assembles artworks in a variety of media spanning from painting to photography and installations, emphasizes on the resonances of experience, and celebrates the divergences and dissents of different cultures, geographical locations, singularities, and artistic practices.

The coexistence of these works does not necessarily create a synthesis. What it does generate is the strong and clear impression of a world in which the artistic gaze has the license and the power to synthesize the present without betraying the past; to unify space without erasing its special character.

To Her

Vana Xenou
To Her
May 10 - June 10, 2022
Athens

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens
Greece

(+30) 210 7235 226

Opening Hours
Tue, Thu, Fr: 11.00-20.00
Wed, Sat: 11.00-16.00

About the artist

Vana Xenou was born in Athens in 1949. She studied painting and stage designing / School of Fine Arts in Athens (1968-1973). In 1973, she studied stage designing / École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She then pursued her studies in painting and mosaics / École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1974-1978), while simultaneously attended seminars on aesthetics and philosophy École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Université Paris 8, Vencennes (1974). Vana Xenou is currently an emeritus professor at the Department of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens. She was the candidate for Greece in 2008 for the «Women of Europe» award. On 2014, she was honoured by the French Republic with the title of the ‘Officer of the order of the Academic Palms’.

About the exhibition

“The twentieth century, more than any other, liberated the perception of both sexes as regards the gender and the body. It examined their identity against the female - male polarity and its role should not be dissociated from the very Nature of Art” - Vana Xenou

The artistic trajectory of Vana Xenou pursues the female presence. Taking the female nature as their starting point, her works move about through history. The artist goes deep into forms and symbols that have left an indelible mark on historical memory and social subconscious. She shapes the female archetypal figure, as is the case with the primordial Gaia-goddess in the depths of religious consciousness. She watches the different faces or masks, as they have been shaped by imagination and defined by the “adventure” of the antiquity and the “destruction” of tragic drama.

Her figures sometimes project the archetypal Mother-Daughter image and sometimes, just like young girls, they hint at or even foretell their transition to female maturity. The little girls in Lewis Carroll's photos put this child-woman duality on display. At the big table with the deities of the earth, viewers get the feeling that they are witnessing transformations of the original model which is perhaps found in the depths of the earth - where the occult and dark Eleusinian Mysteries used to take place.

Vana Xenou seeks the truth that is hidden in the body —naked or not— through myth and history, the course and the experience of women through the centuries. It is the large frieze with the lined-up bodies, which, most likely, is a reference to the friezes of ancient Greek temples.

From Demeter and Persephone of the Eleusinian myth to Eve of the book of Genesis, from Judith of the painting Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi to Lucretia by Lucas Cranach and to Hildegard of Bingen, Vana Xenou introduces us to the depths and the mystery of an ever-transforming identity.

Union

About the artist

Varvara Liakonakou was born in Athens in 1978. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (1997-2001). In the past he lived and worked in Athens, southern Crete and New York (2001-2014). She is a co-organizer of the Mudhouse Residency, in Agios Ioannis, Crete, where she teaches painting. She is also a founding member and co-organizer of the Athena Standards Residency in Athens. He lives and works in Athens and southern Crete.

About the exhibition

The curator of the exhibition, Elisabeth Plessa states: "On several canvases of the past five years, Liakounakou uses only oil pastels, which she applies on her papers like an ink pen, to create storms of lines conversing with the white of the paper as they shape what is depicted. In these works, quests for transparency, everything is regulated by the highlights that penetrate the grids of the lines. Even black functions differently in these recent compositions, bringing out the light instead of the darkness. Outlines lose their clarity and colors abandon their intensity for the sake of a glow that imbues these sense picture with a sense of sanctity."

The painter Varvara Liakonakou reports that in this exhibition entitled "Union" she concerned with the subject of love and romance. Influenced by the poetry and philosophy of Gelalandin Rumi (1207-1273), the greatest Sufi mystic poet of the East, she exhibits works by couples and solitary figures seeking union through self-exploration.

Internal Space

Margarita Mavromichalis
Internal Space
November 30 - February 19, 2022
Athens

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens
Greece

(+30) 210 7235 226

Opening Hours
Tue, Thu, Fr: 11.00-20.00
Wed, Sat: 11.00-16.00

About the artist

Margarita Mavromichalis has spent her life living and travelling around the world. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions in New York, Boston, San Diego, The Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Historical Society and more recently in Budapest, Athens, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and London. Selected photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is the winner of the 9th Pollux Award (2016) and winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2018, 2020). She was a finalist at the Miami Street Photography Festival (2018, 2020) and was nominated for the 2019 Prix Pictet Award. Most recently, she was awarded the 2021 silver medal at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3) annual international competition. She will be participating in the 6th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (Barcelona, December 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022).

About the exhibition

Margarita Mavromichalis presents a series of 19 photographs taken between 2019 and 2021. She attempts to show an ‘inner’ reality through deliberate, careful stagings within a bourgeois home. That reality emerges as a consequence of the general confinement imposed by the pandemic. Isolation from the outside world, reversal of conditions, and the subsequent lack of communication result in an inward turn – whether it’s the ‘closed’ safety of the private home or a more profound introversion.

"If a photograph says more about the photographer than the subject itself, then every image taken is a self-portrait. But an actual self-portrait of the artist is not just a revelation of who the artist is, the image strips the artist down to the bone, making him feel naked to the eyes of the public, exposing him and leaving him more vulnerable than ever." Margarita Mavromichalis

"Margarita Mavromichalis’ photographs result from a directed and staged observation of her own image, self-portraits that document her active participation in their creation. And when, at times, she veers dangerously close to fashion photography, without that being her intention, the artist’s caustic humour and a surreal sense of the unexpected prevail, creating a particularly fertile tension between the content and the stylisation of the image." Curator Elizabeth Plessa

INSIGHT

About the artist

Yiannis Adamakos was born in Pyrgos in the southern Peloponnese in 1952. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts between 1973 and 1978 under G. Marvoides, D. Mytaras and P. Tetsis. He lives and works in Athens and in the island of Tinos.

About the exhibition

“I am searching for the magic of the darkness, the shadows, the misty and the obscure. A hidden beauty, faint as in a dream.” Yiannis Adamakos

The artist chose the term INSIGHT to describe the artworks he produced between 2019 and 2021 collectively and as a total. This series comprises works on paper and canvas created in parallel and share a common artistic approach. They complement each other and differ solely in size and material. The exhibition held in CITRONNE gallery features drawings on paper made exclusively with graphite pencil. The works are not studies on other larger ones. They constitute independent and, at the same time, integral parts of a broader series.

Yiannis Adamakos is a profoundly reflective, and insightful artist. He observes; but, at the same time, he adopts an abstract approach. He dreams; but, at the same time, he resorts to geometry. He documents; but, at the same time, he foresees. This solitary procedure integrates experiences turned into images and the ensuing emotion. The painter turns to his personal inner codes in order to filter, process and, ultimately, to transform reality. The formidably balanced synthesis, a composition of thesis and anti-thesis, provides a reflection of the perceived and sensuous impact of the outer world.

His works are not level. The graphite pencil actually engraves on paper and gives tonality and textures. Light and darkness –two opposing impressions– add volume, perspective, depth and three-dimensionality. Surfaces increase and decrease, they fluctuate, just like our breath. Depending on the pressure applied by the artist while using the graphite pencil on the paper, the white-black composition becomes layered; alternating tonalities emerge and create a peculiar sense of colour. Adamakos treats the surface with targeted incisions, a technique which modifies texture and adds depth and perspective.

The starting point for almost all of Yiannis Adamakos’ works is a landscape. However, this landscape cannot be positioned or delimited. It does not evoke a specific or identifiable locus because it is stripped of all elements of topicality and reformulates itself in a fusion of imagination, dream -like reminiscing, past experiences and, predominantly, alternating emotions. The purpose is not the mere rendering of the natural environment. Instead, it is all about the shadow, the imaginary existence. The artist appropriates landscape on his own terms.

JOURNEY

Parameter, 1981. Acrylic, gesso, graphite, pastel and crayon on archival board, 35 x 34.4 cm

Shield, 1985. Aquatint etching, edition 1/1, 76 x 56.5 cm

Delta Series XXXXVII, 1989. Acrylic paint on Mylar, 152.5 x 101.6 cm

Mastaba XXXXIV, 1991. Ink, acrylic and graphite on Mylar, 91.5 x 55.8 cm

Maroussi Ramp, 1995. Welded painted steel and concrete, 2.74 x 0.61 x 12.19 m. Inkjet print mounted on aluminum, 42 x 42 cm

Drawing of Maroussi Project, 1996. Oil stick, ink and graphite on Mylar, 45.8 x 62 cm

Project Thessaloniki Alaca Imeret, 1997. Ink, graphite and colored pencil on millimeter paper, 30.2 x 20.9 cm

Olympic Gridlock, Athens Olympics, 2004. Oil pastel on laser prints on paper, 50.5 x 29.4 cm

Ancient Site Intervention I, 2006. Oil paint, oil stick and graphite on laser print, 43.2 x 27.9 cm

Ancient Site Intervention III, 2006. Oil paint, oil stick and graphite on laser print, 43.2 x 27.9 cm

Ancient Site Intervention V, 2006. Oil paint, oil pastel and graphite on laser print, 43.2 x 28 cm

Ancient Site Intervention VI, 2007. Oil paint, oil stick and graphite on laser print, 43.2 x 28 cm

Samaria Gorge Intervention I, 2008. Color inkjet print with Chine-Collé, 71.2 x 53.3 cm

Epidauros with Equilateral Triangle, 2012. Acrylic on laser print on Mylar, 61 x 91.5 cm

Metropolis Series, 2014. Gravure, 74.8 x 62.5 cm

Olympia Stadium Intervention, 2014. Acrylic and marker on laser print, 26.6 x 34.4 cm

Signal, 2014. Gravure, 57.1 x 80.3 cm

Site, 2014. Gravure, 64.7 x 80 cm

Learning Greek Series II 7.30.15, 2015. Oil pastel on archival paper, 35.5 x 28 cm

Learning the Greek Alphabet 8.9.15, 2015. Oil pastel and graphite on archival paper, 42 x 29.5 cm

Learning the Greek Alphabet 8.18.15, 2015. Oil pastel and graphite on archival paper, 66 x 50 cm

Pandemic Series Alpha, 2020. Block printing ink on archival paper, 68 x 50 cm

Pandemic Series 8.11.20, 2020. Graphite and oil stick on paper, 45.7 x 34.3 cm

Pandemic M.9, 2020. Oil paint and oil pastel on paper. 28 x 21.5 cm

Cris Gianakos
JOURNEY
June 12 - October 3, 2021
Poros

Virvili Square
18020 Poros Island
Greece

Telephone
(+30) 697 9989 684

Email
poros@citronne.com

Opening Hours
Sat. - Sun.: 11.00-13.00 & 19.00-23.00

About the artist

Cris Gianakos was born in New York in 1934. He attended the School of Visual Arts (SVA), where he has been a Professor of Art for many years. As part of the post-minimalist movement, he has been experimenting with simple geometric forms abstracted from the urban environment since the 1960's. His work in the form of sculpture, painting and drawing, uses ancient sites as a subject matter to investigate their geometry and mathematical principles. He further explores the roles that monuments play in our collective lives, drawing attention to both the past and future. He has exhibited his work worldwide in solo and group exhibitions extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Canada, Japan and Argentina. Gianakos has been the recipient of a variety of grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the NY Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and others. He completed a large installation for the 2004 Athens Olympics. His works are available in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others. He lives and works in New York.

About the exhibition

CITRONNE Gallery opens its exhibition program for summer 2021 with the solo exhibition JOURNEY by Cris Giannakos. The exhibition is to open on Saturday, June 12 and will run through September 11. A renowned, groundbreaking artist, Cris Giannakos is a member of the Greek Diaspora who lives and works in New York.

The CITRONNE Gallery exhibition features landmark paintings from 1980 – 2020, works 'of the pandemic' as a response to covid, and two new works of 2021—two installations created specifically for this show.

"In this exhibition at Citronne, Tatiana and I were able to pull together 4 decades of my art practice from 1981 to 2020 drawings done in reaction to Covid and 2 new 2021 floor structures to be fabricated and installed in the gallery. We titled the show “JOURNEY", denoting a passage through different works done in different mediums at different times. When you view them, no matter in which medium or time, you always feel evidence of the hand and my concerns for architecture, ancient Greek sites and engineering. But my work consistently circles around ramps, large structures in an environment, a conceptual idea marrying a concrete form to a specific site." (Cris Gianakos)

The basis of the work of Cris Giannakos is a research field around a geometrical axis. He crosses space with the imaginary extensions created by a geometric script in the environment—an approach he adopted from the outset in his artistic career. He also crosses time, as he is drawn to the character of ancient art, to classical architecture and above all to the ratio, i.e. its relation to geometry.

In the early ’90s he began to alter photographs of ancient artworks as well as those of archaeological sites. His works often constitute a rereading of ancient sites and monuments, always on the basis of key geometric shapes-symbols. He overlays the photos of archaeological sites, historic places and statues with geometric shapes which, to him, reflect the fundamental spirit of civilization in its various manifestations.

Yet in his recent "Pandemic Series” and “Dystopia Series”, geometry and the ratio, the structured world, is reversed. The site within space does not vanish but gets more difficult as it loses its distinctive elements. Blue or red, a dystopia, an uneasiness dominates as the symptom of a major reversal. These are works stemming from the subconscious and characterized by a gestural visual script—an explainable deviation from the artist's usual fare. The impression generated by these works is one of disorder, in full dissonance with the familiar and soothing order. It reflects a world that has suddenly lost its pace, its motion, its proportion and cohesion.

The exhibition JOURNEY is the third solo show to be organized by Citronne for Cris Giannakos. It comes after another solo event at the gallery in 2008 and an exhibition at the Archaeological Museum of Poros in 2013.