HYDRA SCHOOL PROJECTS: (O)ikea

HYDRA SCHOOL PROJECTS PRESEnT

(O)ikea

STELIOS ALExAKIS
DImITRIOS AnTOnITSIS
CHRISTIAn ASCHmAn
TARJEI bODIn LARSEn
OLE mARTIn LunD bØ
RADu COmŞA
KOnSTAnTIn KAKAnIAS
RYuSuKE KIDO
CHRISTInA KOuTSOSPYROu & ARAn HuGHES
KOnSTAnTInOS LADIAnOS
TImOS LEIvADITIS
nATE LOwmAn
EvA mITALA
DAnIEL SubKOFF
ALEx TzAnnIS
FRAnz wEST

22 June 2012 20:30 – 23 September 2012

Every year Dimitrios Antonitsis invites artists from around the world to the island of Hydra for a celebration of the most cutting-edge art. This summer Norwegian artists Ole Martin Lund Bø and Tarjei Bodin Larsen will participate.
 
– I prefer organising events outside of Athens, says curator Dimitrios Antonitsis. -On an island like Hydra you get a sense of perspective. The historical surroundings of the exhibition contribute to this feeling. History is so much larger than any of us.

The exhibition in Hydra has been held annually for 13 years, each year with different themes.

– The title of this year’s show is (O)IKEA. “Oikia” is the Greek word for home, while "IKEA" is, as we all know, the hugely successful Swedish furniture giant. The participating 17 artists have been asked to create homely furniture and living accessories which will be displayed along with their regular works, says Dimitrios Antonitsis, adding that this is also a comment on the expensiveness of modern art.

– I am very pleased to welcome two Norwegian artists, Antonitsis says. Tarjei Bodin Larsen's focus is on the processes of art-making, and of making paintings in particular. A key factor to his work is the method of production. His latest large scale paintings are executed wih a self-invented machine that spreads paint in different semi-industrial modes on to a wooden board foundation. The potential perfection is abrupted by the uncontrolled overflooding of paint and other chaos elements.

Ole Martin Lund Bø has a rather minimal approach to his work. All materials in his multi-medial works address specific external connotations such as tinted film for car glass, the painter's act, architectural goods, structural and decorative means. The works themselves however, are  extractions rather than abstractions, suggesting an act or a certain business. The materials are inscribed with meaning, radiating power and desire. (More information about the Norwegian artists along with a list of artists in the document in the top right corner of this web page.)

– I am also proud to present a film by Christina Koutsospyrou and Aran Hughes. It is a highly political film documenting the misery, but also the beauty of the lives of Greek shepherds, says Antonitsis. – Both filmmakers stayed and worked on Hydra for 2 months as part of the Hydra School Projects residency program.

Hydra School Projects were established in 2000. It is a nonprofit foundation that organizes exhibitions and supports publications that explore the relationship between contemporary art and culture.

The exhibition is supported by the Norwegian Institute and the Norwegian Embassy in Athens.

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