Tuesday-Friday: 12:00-18:00 / Saturday: 12:00-16:00
Eleni Koroneou Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by the Athens based artist Theodoros Giannakis, titled “Primitivism Mirage - Πρωτογονισμού Οφθαλμαπάτη”, presenting works in various media as painting, video and sculpture.
The main body of works presented in the show consists of a series of six monochrome paintings in two parts, where the past is cited to modern life. In the three paintings of the first part, the use of one acrylic colour over the entire plywood is intervened by embedded casted aluminium reliefs. The artist uses techniques and practises like, 3D reconstruction, 3D fabrication and default machine learning algorithms to define his final colour palette.
Giannakis renarrates, reconstructs and modifies forms and stories, myths that have shaped the collective human race for millennia inside a flow space and time. In the second part, the other three paintings act as a twisted mirror. Acrylics on plywood and metallic fragments of used mechanical parts, give the impression of a window, a room, an area of interest, which the objects are going to be rendered. Here the artist paints his computer screen viewport on the plywood so that inclined lines appear inappropriately jagged. Among the works on display is a real time rendering video projection of an endless day and night cycle. The viewer is confronted with a sunset/sunrise on a grid line landform alongside an infinite ocean. A memory palace to store information, a virtual mnemonic device involving the creation of a visual map of one's place, that is not place, really, but it is real. In front of the video projection stands an aluminium sculpture held on a metalworking vise. With the use of digital sculpting tools, 3D fabrication and mining technologies, the artist separates stories from a interconnected network, from multitude of sources, creating something new that has been incorporated out of them.
A final work, perhaps the most complex on view, belongs to neither series but rather suggests an enclosure summation by combining elements of all. A server, a cabinet bar, is a composition of a farewell electronic note on a shield screen (an electronic encapsulation of the Neuromancer novel in a microcontroller), a heritage cocktail, fuel to hijack consciousness and lastly an aluminium apotropaic mask of the Gorgoneion, a protective symbol.