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Bright File (June)

4 October - 27 October 2018

 

Works by: Elena Narbutaite, Rallou Panagiotou, Yorgos Prinos, Iris Touliatou, Christos Tzivelos, Kostis Velonis

Curated by Maya Tounta

 

The show has a lifetime of several hundred hours.

When heated, it glows with visible light.

 

'Le Rayon X' and 'Six Heures avant l'été' (1980) by legendary Greek artist Christos Tzivelos (1949-1995) were the starting point for this show that centres on light but isn't about light. Felt as an effigy for June – not the proverbial month but those 30 days in 2018 – the show brings together works by Elena Narbutaitė, Rallou Panagiotou, Yorgos Prinos, Iris Touliatou, Christos Tzivelos and Kostis Velonis to make pronouncements on a raw, fertile state, which hasn't been assigned a name. In a sense, the show is about looking for wild love (Amour Fou), the alchemical Rebus (the androgynous being that fuelled Jung's individuation fantasies) or some other feeling of wholeness. It is also about processes that suspend this longing – stretch it out, preserve it, cast it, antagonise it, take its place even, until it is exhausted. Works are plugged in, hung, projected. Slowly they accumulate heat from the sun or from within the wall. Alchemically, we could say they begin as stars (those made of herbs) and planets (iron, copper, silver, gold) which young are black, orbiting in the dark. As they slowly grow and grow warmer, they turn yellow, then white, then finally become fully transmuted into a red, at which point they fluoresce.

 

Big thanks to Bia Papadopoulou and Christophoros Marinos for sharing their extensive research on the work of Christos Tzivelos and to Giannis Tzivelos for generously lending us the works of his uncle.

Photos : Athanasios Gatos

Press: Daily Lazy

           Und. Athens

Christos Tzivelos

Untitled 1994

Iron, resin, light

Christos Tzivelos

Untitled 1990

iron, resin, light

Iris Touliatou

Untitled (Still not over you)

2018 Ceiling light fixtures with dying fluorescents, from abandoned offices in Athens

200 x 56 x 8

Chrysanne Stathacos

Black Widow Wand 2018

Silk, pendulum, sage, Courtesy of Breeder gallery

Left: Yorgos Prinos

Hanging Rock, New Heaven 2010

Pigment Print

Right: Iris Touliatou

Crash! 2018

Flora, vibrators, batteries, electrical cables, wooden pedestal

Rallou Panagiotou

They were told they get burning hot (With leather trousers) 2017

Aluminium, iron, Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo car paint and leather trousers

180 x 91 x 17 cm

Courtesy of the artist and Bernier/Eliades gallery, Athens

Elena Narbutaitė

Billy 2018

Lume 20R luminaire produced by Ledigma

Elena Narbutaitė

Billy 2018

Lume 20R luminaire produced by Ledigma

detail

Iris Touliatou

Emothinal infinity (the sound of him coming back amplified and looped) 2016

Electric fan, copies of keys, metal wires, ribbons, Element- system shelf, glass

100x40x30 cm

Kostis Velonis

Crackling love 2018

Ceramic, concrete, wood, steel, marble, plaster, plastic

30X22 cm

Iris Touliatou

Crash! 2018

Flora, vibrators, batteries, electrical cables, wooden pedestal

Iris Touliatou

Crash! 2018

Flora, vibrators, batteries, electrical cables, wooden pedestal

Left: Yorgos Prinos, Man with hood New York 2014

Pigment Print

Right: Yorgos Prinos, 5.13.2013 - 3.01 P.M, New York 2014

Pigment Print

Kostis Velonis

Displacement of the self 2018

Wood, concrete, acrylic

72x28x240 cm

Iris Touliatou

Song 2007-2009 Attempts to forge Ana Mendieta’s signature

various media

70x100 cm

Christos Tzivelos

Le rayon x 1985