OPENING: Friday, 20.12.2013, 20:00-22:00

Image: Anastassis Stratakis, Godspeed you black empress!, 2008-'10, oil on glass, 50 Χ 40 cm

AD Gallery opens the group show entitled “Irrational Navigations” on Friday, December 20 at 20:00.

The Pop surrealism art movement has as a starting point the Underground movement, developed in Los Angeles, California in the end of the 70’s. Its forms are often related to the earlier popular culture of comics, punk music, psychedelic art, etc. Its images are frequently characterized by humor sometimes facetious, sometimes  impish or sarcastic, while they often originate from retro illustration, popular culture pamphlets with exotic adventures, children’s literature.

Surrealism searches for its material deep down within the strictly personal, the dreams and the unconscious, while pop culture deals with the commonly accepted and the superficial. In recent years, however, both these directions have been brought together in exhibitions concerned with proving that High and Low are related. The term pop surrealism was proposed by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1998 as the title of the show dedicated to this movement.

Even today an significant part of the art world seems to encounter difficulties with the persistence of these artists in figuration, extreme narrative and worship of skill and technical excellence in the execution of the form. Since the 80’s artists have been creating works in which the crafting and personal style regress to the  second level and have been seeking a form that extends to the “objective” reality of social space. In contrast, pop surrealists seek the strictly personal by submerging into personal fictions and narrations.

In the exhibition participate the following artists: Alexis Akrithakis, Yianoulis Halepas, Steven C. Harvey, Konstantinos Katagas, Elias Kafouros, Panagiotis Loukas, Alexandros Psychoulis, Anastasis Stratakis and  Orestis Symvoulidis

Exhibition duration: December 20, 2013 – February 15, 2014

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

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