FLESH MARBLE LEAF & TWIG
Stefanos Ziras &
August 12 – September 1
Opening August 12, 7 PM
(Components of the exhibition were commissioned by: ISET , Contemporary Greek Art Institute)
We will all die. Our memory will live on through the stories of others. The clay will still stand for the living to view.
The work of Stefanos Ziras and Eleni Papadimitriou maps the creative process and public debates around the installation of sculptures, as well as the results of competitions aiming to change the urban fabric. Some of the examples of public art presented in their work were created, installed, and to this day remain in the public space, while some have been destroyed or withdrawn. Shown together, the potential, the relocated, the transitory or the ephemeral are shown to be not the exception, but the very modalities constituting our relationship with public space in the urban environment. The images develop an expansive and open archive of public art. The archive underlines the role political, social and institutional factors play in shaping relationships to public art, while also remaining sensitive to the complex influences of these factors in any given period.
Reflecting an interest in the impact of shared memory and the politics of the gesture on a more intimate scale, Flesh Marble Leaf and Twig presents new works by Toronto based artist Derek Liddington. In these works, Liddington worked with Chris Heller, Ulysses Castellanos and Cheyanne Turions to create a single object out of clay based on conversations that develop a shared memory. Forms are determined through a collaborative, and conversational exchange of rubbing, bending, pushing, clawing and kneading, rendering a physical record for the duration of the conversation. The collaborators, including the artist, become actors in a play, their performance captured in the crevices and gesture embossed on the surface of the clay. 100 pounds of clay is kneaded with the imperfect and often unsure traces of democratic marks. As the exhibition progresses the clay in the interior of the space will dry, compress and crack while the outdoor sculpture will be allowed to decay in response to the elements.
Eleni Papadimitriou has graduated from the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds an MA in Scenography from Birmingham City University. She has collaborated with architectural practices in Athens, Istanbul and Milan, has participated in architectural competitions and has exhibited her work in Athens, Thessaloniki, Birmingham, Florence, Bergamo and Milan. Projects of hers have been presented in the international architectural press, both publications and electronic journals. She has worked alongside architects and directors designing exhibitions and curating, in terms of architecture, theatre shows. Eleni has also collaborated with Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as designer of interactive architectural applications. She is a collaborator of the L.A. based architectural firm X | Atelier and has taught at workshops, organized by X | Atelier, held at the Benaki Museum and the National Technical University of Athens. Recently she has collaborated with the Tokyo based Atelier Bow Wow.
She is the co-editor of ANANAS e-fanzine.
Stefanos Ziras is an Architect and as of 2014 holds an MA in Architectural Design from the University of Thessaly. He has collaborated with architects and artists from Greece and abroad, has participated in international architectural competitions and some of his works have been presented at the twenty-fifth International Union of Architects World Congress (Durban 2014).His works have been awarded by the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) and have been presented in international publications and electronic journals. He is a collaborator of the L.A. based architectural firm X | Atelier and on the jury of the workshops run by X | Atelier at the Benaki Museum. He is an invited lecturer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
He is the Head Architect and designer of the Greek Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale, presenting the work of Maria Papadimitriou «Why look at Animals» AGRIMIKA. As an intermedia artist, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions – BABEL FRAGMENTS: REVISITED, Default 2015, MC Redux- other, next to important artists and architects».
He is the co-editor of ANANAS e-fanzine.
Derek Liddington obtained his MFA from Western University (2007) and BFA from NSCAD University (2004). Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, including his intervention at the Art Gallery of Ontario The Sun has Always Set From East to West (Toronto, ON). Recent solo exhibitions include Every moment can be traced back to the first time the sun touched my face (Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Canada, 2013), Modern Love (Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2013) and It wasn’t until we closed our eyes that we could finally see what was there all along (AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada, 2015). Liddington’s work has shown internationally at Art Berlin Contemporary (2013), Onagawa AIR, Japan (2013) as well as NADA New York (2014). In the fall of 2014 Liddington staged a 12-hour ballet electric guitar ballad in collaboration with Zev Farber and Cara Spooner as part of Denise Markonish’s curatorial project at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. Liddington has been the recipient of numerous grants, including support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts as well as being a finalist for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Artist Prize in 2011. Liddington currently practices in Toronto, ON.
CHEYANNE TURIONS is an independent, Toronto-based curator and writer.
CHRIS HELLER is a video-based performance artist. From his own physical reactions, Heller is interested in the limits and mechanisms of the human body. His work has been exhibited in several events and exhibitions in Toronto, as well as in Turin, Italy.
ULYSSES CASTELLANOS is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and curator based in Toronto. His texts have been published by BLOUIN Artinfo, V Tape, and AluCine Latin Media + Art Festival, as well as in numerous artist monographs. His films and media-art projects have been shown in venues and festivals including Italy, the US, Canada, Taiwan, Germany, Columbia, and Argentina. He is a member of IKT Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, and an alumnus of The Canadian Film Centre’s Interactive Media program. He is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.
Curator, Open Archive: Public art paradigms from the center of Athens
PANOS GIANNLIKOPOULOS has graduated from the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He lives and works in Athens, Greece. His current interests are the archiving process, the process of historization and art practices interrogating formations of power, institutionalization and the construction of identity. He has collaborated with Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Athens Biennale, commercial galleries and artist-run spaces in Athens. He currently works at the Contemporary Greek Art Institute (iset). In 2013, he worked as a researcher with the curatorial team of Athens Biennale “Agora”. He also took part at the Curatorial Exchange Program for Young Curators, an initiative of the Neon Foundation in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 2014, he co-curated with Christina Petkopoulou and Aglaia Komninou the exhibition “Chorographies, lines of flight” at Artscape Athens. In 2015, in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Greek Art (iset) he curated the exhibition “Open Archive: Public Art from the Center of Athens” which has been presented at the International Contemporary Art Fair, Art-Athina 2015.
The Contemporary Greek Art Institute–iset presents the exhibition Open Archive: Public art from the center of Athens. The exhibition focuses on public art that has been installed or was proposed for the historical center of the city of Athens, with special reference to the Omonoia–Panepistimiou –Syntagma areas. Ephemera, performances and events that took place in the area, are also being shown, in an attempt to challenge the preconceptions regarding public art, its monumentality, stability and temporality.
Open Archive showcases photos, video, designs, tests, letters and articles drawn from the collections of the Contemporary Greek Art Institute, the Benaki Museum Archives, the Municipality of Athens Historical Archives, the Zongolopoulos Foundation, The Library of the Hellenic Parliament and from the personal files of artists who were associated with or worked in the specific area. The exhibition proposes, in this way, an extrovert and open archive of realized projects, but also an archive of possibilities, competing visions and alternative settings.
Some of the examples of public art presented in the exhibition were created, installed and to this day remain in the public space, while some have been destroyed or withdrawn. Other exhibits represent proposals that never reached the final stage, were developed up to the level of a study, or were simply expressed as thought experiments. Shown together, all these artistic interventions create a new experience for the spectator who can now contemplate how urban space is under constant and competitive reconfiguration. The potential, the relocated, the transitory or the ephemeral are thus shown to be not the exception, but the very modalities constituting our relationship with public urban space.
The exhibition is an attempt to map the creative process, the public debates around the installation of sculptures as well as the results of competitions aiming to change the urban fabric. The exhibition’s main objective is to develop an expansive and open archive of public art. An archive that underlines the role political, social and institutional factors play in shaping public art, while also remaining sensitive to how complex the influence of these factors is, and how diverse the resistance to them in any given period.
The Contemporary Greek Art Institute ISET, a non-profit organization was founded in February 2009 by the senior partners of Nees Morfes art gallery, in collaboration with art professionals and consultants, such as artists and art historians. ISET’s main objective is to collect and preserve a comprehensive archive of contemporary Greek art (1945-to date) with a firm belief that an archive should not under any circumstances be a closed shell preserving history, but a living breathing organism, which constantly evolves and interacts with the present, ISET utilizes the potential of its archival material, by organizing various
educational events, open to the public, such as lectures, seminars, actions and exhibitions, in close cooperation with artists, art historians and theorists. At the same time, it supports and promotes the publication and distribution of relevant studies.
The Project is accompanied by a 204 page publication
Publication may be purchased VIA PAYPAL HERE or at the gallery.
Poster inserts are part of a billboard commission from AKA artist Run Centre.
AKA is an artist-run centre based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With a history dating back to 1972, AKA fosters critical discourse, experimental risk-taking, and promotes artistic self-determination.
AKA is committed to exploring emerging practices that speak to, reflect and encourage dialogue in our culturally diverse communities. This includes work in all media by local, national and international artists.
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