In an age when the majority of people now live in urban centres, contemporary man’s quality and way of life have changed. The city is our surrounding space, its form affecting our everyday actions and our mood. It is in this urban landscape that we dream, grow older, amass goods, deal with our fears, follow lines and rules which are sometimes explicit and sometimes subconsciously imposed and predetermined by others. The starting point for “Urban Policies” is city life and man’s relationship with the city. It is a group exhibition of three artists whose works explore the various aspects of urban life.
The “objectivity” series of works by Katerina Zafiropoulou involves linear images from decoration magazines, where the conversion of the script from positive to negative creates a narrative and examines the notion of an intermediate space.
The resultant density between the depicted subject and real space, with the successive layers of shapes, generates a creative ambiguity. Everyday objects are incorporated into our world over and beyond our choice.
The desire for comfort often leads to spatial aggravation. These days, memory, intimacy, loss and ownership are inextricable linked to accumulation. Eager to retain contact with the past, with people, with places we have experienced, we indiscriminately collect various disparate objects. In most cases their futile utility forces us to reckon with history, the value of exchange and the difficulty of possession.
Elias Tsakmakis presents a series of digital drawings that form part of the “Anthrax Chimera” series in which carbon, as the basis of the chemical chains that make up the organic molecules, represents man (in an admittedly unflattering way); ‘Chimera’, on the other hand, is used both literally, as a creature made of the parts of many animals, and in its metaphorical sense as an illusion or self-delusion.
This is an imaginary portrayal of the systems through which man perceives and interprets his environment. The drawings leave viewers confused, and the overall work borrows more from theories that are considered old-fashioned or even obsolete and less from the currently prevailing, scientifically sound ones.
Focusing mostly on painting and metal constructions, the work of Christos Michailidis revolves around the main thematic axis of the landscape, not as obsessive imagery but more as a stimulus for his formal quests. His "landscapes" trace the semantics, the limits but also the potential of painting in the twenty-first century, opting for metal surfaces (aluminium, sheet metal) instead of the traditional canvas.
A main element in his work is the coexistence of representational painting and abstraction. The often violent intrusion of geometric or irregular shapes in his compositions produces weird, unfamiliar images with allusions to the aesthetic of videogames. The titles of the works reinforce the sense of the unfamiliar but at the same time create a playful, pop and futuristic mood towards the viewer.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
Tue. - Fri.: 11:00 - 14:30
& 17:30 - 20:00
Sat: 11:30 – 14:30