Opening: Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
Botond Keresztesi’s art history influences reflect back to early 20th century art movements. His random synthesis of everyday aspects in contrast to features of subcultures often depict uncanny parallel realities. The use of diverse material and techniques, such as oil, acrylic paint and air brush, intensify the deceptive randomness of his painterly subjects.
Even though, the Covid-19 pandemic heralded the demise of the known world, his timeless hybrids managed to survive through social and cosmological changes. When everything was in pause, soon to be extinct or changed forever, his historical cyborgs were placed safely into virtual landscapes, forming non-realistic collages, as alternative viewings of our now hostile world.
Through the incessant circumstances of quarantine and self-isolation, his artworks stem from the inevitable idea of change and compliance to newfound norms. A few months seem like an eternity and fusions of objects, deities, monuments and machines cohabit the only universe we can collectively exist in; the internet.
With this show, the artist draws a distinction between the before and the after. Meanwhile, everything in life seems almost uninterrupted, since, even in confinement, past, present and future was only a couple of clicks away. The Corona pandemic erased the physical world and brought to light a new dimension where everything happens digitally, eliminating and at the same time facilitating human interactions. The apperception of history as a series of events that are revealed to us linearly, becomes futile and out of context. History can exist simultaneously in any era, which renders the passing of time unreliable. Cyberlife now becomes a vital part of our actual existence, allowing us to be anywhere and everywhere, to collect bits and pieces of objects and ideas that have once existed, died and recovered in the virtual universe.
They Are Already Here, You Are Next | A Group Show By:
Filippos Kavakas, Pavlos Tsakonas, Giorgos Tserionis, George Tourlas
Allouche Benias Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition They Are Already Here, You Are Next | A Group Show By: Filippos Kavakas, Giorgos Tserionis, George Tourlas and Pavlos Tsakonas. The show will be on view at the entry level of the gallery from Thursday July 23rd.
These four artists have been working through a challenging period of self-isolation. Having witnessed social and political changes that result in violently expressed emotions of anxiety, fear and anger, they chose to put on display ironical renditions of everyday situations.
George Tourlas’ work is based in the concept of biological and social evolution through decay. Mutilated characters, almost protagonists of body-horror movies dissolve in front of the observer’s eyes. Filippos Kavakas, always playful, humorously criticizes the atrocious circumstances we live in, creating comparisons between wishful and pessimistic thinking. Giorgos Tserionis’ artistic interpretations of technological advancements highlight the intrusion and aggressiveness experienced by social media in comparison to lifestyles connected to the simplicity and calmness of nature. Pavlos Tsakonas converses with our consumeristic tendencies, making comical remarks on the way our interest is shifted from actual issues to a narrow-minded way of living and perceiving reality.
Through a broad spectrum of media such as acrylics, color pencils and spray paint, the artists manage to create colorful diversions. Pastel colors, sharp lines, sculptures and pop culture references create a surreal and even comical atmosphere.
In this show they come to an understanding that in order to create and compose, people need first to evaluate and shatter their conservative ideals, whatever the starting point. Through their philosophical and, nevertheless, comical view of life they create an out of the box convention of attitudes, experience, dismissal and endurance.
Allouche Benias Gallery
Εγκαίνια 23 Ιουλίου 2020