21.06 – 28.07.2017
CONSULATE GENERAL OF CYPRUS
AT THE CYPRUS HOUSE IN MANHATTAN NEW YORK
With the exhibition SENDER–RECIPIENT, Cypriot artists Ioanna Kythreotou, Thekla Papadopoulou and Elena Tsigaridou will be presenting their new body of work at The Cyprus House in New York as from June 21st. The exhibition is part of a residency programme at the Cyprus Consulate, through which the three artists were invited by curator, Marina Christodoulidou, to interact with three artists based in New York and with whom they bear common features in their artistic practice, so as to generate an exchange platform. With this said, the residency is two-fold. On the one hand is the exhibition, and on the other is the communication and interaction with their artistic collaborators on location. For the exhibition, a book edited by the curator, with a text in a dialogue format between architect Georgios Makridιs and Marina Christodoulidou, has been published.
For the exhibition, Kythreotou, inspired by remnants based on archival material, creates plasmatic landscapes. Papadopoulou, by layering the surface of her canvas, compiles a memory of her creative process and transcends the work with the element of a floor mirror. Tsigaridou reveals a personal narrative through a still–life, with thistles as her vanitas symbol. The exhibition title resonates as the three artists act both as senders and recipients. The sender–artist becomes the work, which independently represents its own concept to the viewer–recipient. Based on this thought, the dialogue in the book questions: What is the relevance of the artist’s intention, when the work stands independent as the sole means of communication with the beholder?
The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Consul General of Cyprus in New York, Mr Vasilis Philippou, with the support of the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum in Nicosia. The publication was made possible with the financial support of Paradisiotis Ltd, in their interest of supporting culture and this exhibition.
The Art Cocoon at WORLD ART DUBAI 2017
"Tales of Dystopian Gradeur" - First solo Exhibition by Ioanna Kythreotou
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)