An exhibition is built around a collection of pre-Cycladic vessels, carved from marble, from ca. 3000-2,200 BC. The original use of the small vessels is not certain but - showing traces of red, blue, green, and black - it appears they were once used to grind and mix pigments to decorate pre-Cycladic figurines. At once shallow and discreet, suggestive and opaque, open to meaning but without that meaning’s certainty, the vessels invoke both the tools of artistic trade and the artist’s specific interiority. Accompanying these vessels in Trade Syllables, is a constellation of contemporary works in disparate mediums—painting, sculpture, text, and other - by a group of international artists that equally articulate the strange grammar of artistic practice and communication, trade and time. Glazed ceramic sculptures by the Syrian-born, Paris-based Simone Fattal and American artist Ken Price - moving from a kind of spectral and violent figuration to a more biomorphic pop - share space with paintings by Milan-based Nathalie Du Pasquier that feature tightly composed and virtuosic arrangements of vessels (glasses, vases, plastic bowls) that examine both a long trope of painting and that painting’s making. A new series of typewritten text works by the Scottish artist and performer Sue Tompkins, entitled “I Am Not a Robot” (2019), are juxtaposed with a singular poetic text by Athens-based artist Aliki Panagiotopoulou that considers the Cycladic people and the captivating, inscrutable objects they left us. “The voids this morning are making me sick. / Their round, bright mouths,” she writes. “These brilliant wounds, / I want to kiss them clean / and then store them in stacks.” Other works by Tauba Auerbach, Elizabeth Blackadder, M C Escher, Vincent Fecteau, On Kawara, Alicia McCarthy, Jim Nutt, and Christodoulos Panayiotou further explore the spectral syntax and subjects of the show, that is to say, both the tools of artistic communication and that language’s constant transformation.
Featuring works by Tauba Auerbach, Elizabeth Blackadder, M C Escher, Simone Fattal, Vincent Fecteau, On Kawara, Alicia McCarthy, Jim Nutt, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Ken Price, and Sue Tompkins.
Organized by Andreas Melas and Christopher Garrett.
Nathalie Du Pasquier, Untitled, 2000, λάδι σε μουσαμά, 100 x 150 εκ, ευγενική παραχώρηση της καλλιτέχνιδος