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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 - September 11, 2021
Poros

Virvili Square
18020 Poros Island
Greece

Telephone
(+30) 697 9989 684

Email
poros@citronne.com

Opening Hours
Wed-Mon: 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.