HANNAH STIPPL + PETROS CHRISOSTOMOU //
12 - 17 December 2019
Fascinated by geometric Greek pottery, Hannah Stippl (Austria, www.hannahstippl.net) studied and copied ornaments in order to decipher the stories of people and gods, of plants, animals and landscapes depicted on the vases. In her paintings, Stippl interweaves patterns and collages into dense associative structures and establishes a link between a landscape's reality and imaginary landscapes made up of patterns.
The Vienna-based artist establishes unexpected connections and associations by examining the possibilities of meaning, knowledge and practice that are generated and transmitted through ornaments. Rather than presenting a factual reality, illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. Stippl investigates the concept of landscape and its limits by constructing an obscured, hindered view reminding of the way one looks at hidden spaces through layers of grids, fences, veils.
Hannah Stippl's interest in Greek antiquity began with the exploration of a plant, the genus Artemisia, connected to the name of the goddess Artemis and the myths of nymphs and sirens. In Athens, Hannah Stippl plans to retrieve their traces.
Petros Chrisostomou (UK/USA, www.petrosc.com) works with photography and sculpture, mixed media and installation. He creates stimulating narratives based on class, taste, perception and humor - to name a few - through both life size and miniature environments that incorporate socially loaded objects, re-presented or re-appropriated.
The environments the Cypriot artist creates are autobiographical or imaginary and question our own sense of place and cultural grounding.
Chrisostomou will present a series of collages made from old second hand books he finds in Exarchia bookstores, the Artist Residency neighborhood of Athens. He juxtaposes images of Greece, interior and exterior spaces, ancient sites, stones and stone structures to holiday photos or astrology to create overlapping spaces layering material, space and time.
OPENING: Thursday, 12 December, 6 - 8 p.m.
EXHIBITION: 13/16/17 December 2019, 11 - 6 p.m.
PLACE: Π-Artworks, Lekka 30, 10562 Athens (Syntagma)