TinT Gallery: Out of paper

Out of paper

23 FEBRUARY – 23 MARCH 2013

Eleni Aggelou, Nikos Alexiou, Kostas Christopoulos, Dora Economou, Vaso Gavaisse, Zoe Keramea, Vaso Manidaki, Artemis Potamianou, Eleni Riga, Stratis Tavlaridis, Ioanna Ximeri, Ulrich Vogl

Induced/motivated by paper as a raw material, as a founding component and less as a surface, TinT gallery presents works by artists who use paper as their main means of expression for different inquiries.

The focus of ELENI AGGELOU'S work is the relationship between the creative process and the final object. Her work is an operative inquiry, whose aim is not the object, but ingenuity and the creative ability. In her work, paper becomes the field where she imprints unintelligible "messages" of a single repeated phrase and fragmented images.

Decorative elements are converted into conceptually defined representations in the fragile structures by NIKOS ALEXIOU, which result in promoting manual engagement to an act of meditation. Similarly, the viewer is guided through a subconscious reference and search for the origins of motifs.

All material is subject to inevitable decay. Thereby art works, consisting of materials, also wear over time. There is a point in time that decay itself becomes part of their content or is made their topic. These projects by KOSTAS CHRISTOPOULOS are made of newspaper clippings composed in such a way so as to make manifest and sometimes to hide their two sides, yet to always reveal the limit of durability of the material from which they are made.

In the work of DORA ECONOMOU mainly trivial materials are transformed in a scholastic procedure into objects unfolding as repetitive patterns, which sensitize the manual quality of the procedure through the entire phase of their production. The paradox in Economou's work is that while both her objects ad interventions into space are defined by absolute morphoplastic autonomy, they however refer to the experience of the process and the sense of time as constitutional factors of the work.

Structures, super-structures and grids, produced and reproduced based on Euclidean geometry and the Platonic view of materiality, form the backbone of the work by VASO GAVAISSE. With reference to nature (crystalline structures, fractals, etc) but also to cognitive systems (numbers, language etc), geometric elements are woven, creating worlds.

Paper is the main element in ZOE KERAMEA'S work. She uses paper in her printmaking, she draws on it with graphite or ink, she folds it into three-dimensional modular units which she sews together to construct small and large sculptures, she cuts it with scissors and knives. Her paper cut-outs have formed the basis for her artist's books, ceramics and also games like the application Mandala Memory for the iPhone and the iPad. The five paper cut-outs exhibited at TinT gallery are part of a series of 108, used in the game Mandala Memory, available at the iTunes App Store.

The works of VASO MANIDAKI emerge as fragmented forms of children's toys out of paper, placed in the micro-space of a transparent display. The paper captures /copies the full volume of tiny toys. The fragmented prints are reconstituted into a new form. The simple condition of copying onto paper, becomes the regulator of metamorphosis. A porcelain ornament or a plastic doll, is converted into surfaces that describe the void inside.

On the Origin of the species is a series of works consisting of three dimensional mosaics. ARTEMIS POTAMIANOU constructs them using square blocks made out of multiple layers of paper from book pages, linking the relationship of the "Evolution of Species" by Charles Darwin with the evolution of Art History. The artworks used in this series became the inspiration for later works by famous artists. They are corrupted and conveyed in such a way as to create puzzle-works where the viewer is invited to discover the relationship between the indicated text and the image.

Time and place, real and artificial memory, comprise the central topic of ELENI RIGA'S research. Digitally processed photographs, sometimes her own and other times discovered (found objects), although captured in present time, function as objects from the past. Through the static aesthetic of a snapshot, they seek to deliver time in duration. The stenciled (cut out) symbols of play/backward/fast forward/stop/pause signal the timelessness of the image.

STRATIS TAVLARIDIS chose the technique of paper cut so that his works are reminiscent of traditional artifacts and suggest lived-in spaces, functioning also as symbols of people's efforts to weave their lives.

Drawing is the subject of ULRICH VOGL'S work. However, the artist tackles drawing in a wider sense: drawings in the classical sense of the term is the exception in the body of his work, since his work is essentially a systematic study on the "extension of drawing" through space ("extension of drawing"). The artist creates spaces drawn with light. Shadow, reflection, moving objects and designs, create magic pseudo-sensory models/environments, which however do not hide their simplicity.

A series of works crafted by layers of semi-transparent paper placed on top of each other, create the final image of an immaterial landscape. Here, IOANNA XIMERI replaces the medium of drawing with a peculiar process of deducting material from her paper (cut-out). The image is shaped through the disappearance of its material substance while through color detraction, the white that remains references a reality that has been eliminated and becomes one with the infinite. Through the whiteness, every trace of materiality is lost and exteriorly forcible values are negated.

TinT gallery 

13 Chrys. Smyrnis st., GR-546 22 Thessaloniki 

www.tintgallery.gr

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