Tales of dystopian grandeur
26 February - 15 March 2016
First solo exhibition of the visual artist, Ioanna Kythreotou
Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia
Friday, 26 February 2016, 20:00
Posing a range of possibilities to shape the viewer’s consciousness, the paintings of Ioanna Kythreotou reconstruct and interpret scenes of vigilance.
"The new body of work by Ioanna Kythreotou, initiated in 2012, relays a range of possibilities to shape the viewer’s consciousness. The artist uses archived photographic material of desolate locations as a primary source of inspiration. The works not only stretch the definition of photo-based painting, but also act as an architectural interpretation, where ink lines create structure and drippings of colour form debris on abstract layers.
The post-apocalyptic essence of the paintings are highlighted through the absence of human interaction. The viewer finds within them verification of future dystopia and nature’s primitive role of taking control, as trees grow from rubble and mould decorates concrete. Constellations hidden within a selection of the compositions function as a secondary element of nature.
Preoccupied with futurity, a setting of at once functional objects become derailed features in this imagined dystopia. Τhe objects transform into a means to generate a sense of familiarity for the voyeur and restage nostalgic scenes of the end".
Marina Christodoulidou (Art Historian)