Iasonas Kampanis at Art-Athina 2016
26 may 2016 by art:i:curate team
Iasonas Kampanis participates in SIXTY project by Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes at Art-Athina Platforms in Athens.
SIXTY is a two-part project in London and Athens curated by Anna Bleeker and Alessandra Falbo. It is predicated on notions of arbitrary political constraints. Artists were invited to submit artworks in any medium by posting through the gallery’s 6 x 24.5cm letterbox. All the artworks received were displayed in Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes from 13 to 22 May alongside pieces from their collection of editions and small works. After that, a total of sixty works were selected by the curators and public vote to be displayed in the Platform projects at this year's Art-Athina International Fair.
Iasonas Kampanis, Yurtta Sulh Cihanda Sulh, 2016, acrylics on wood, 19.5 x 14.5 cm.
The deliberate lack of clarity around a project and the Kafkaesque bureaucracy were designed in order to mirror the administrative chaos embodied in multi-state politics. The process of the public vote was unsupervised and, in this way, it became a type of performance that reflected the flaws that can occur in practice on an ideal democracy when it comes into conflict with individual desires.
Iasonas Kampanis will be participating with a series of three new paintings 'Jedes grosse historische Geschehen begann als Utopie und endete als Realität', 'Yurtta Sulh, Cihanda Sulh', 'Unknown'.
His artistic practice can be seen as an embodiment of multicultural influences, from the ancient and classical to the modern period, from the organic and decorative patterns of folk art to the irrationality of Dada movement and the mechanical forms of Bauhaus. His experimentation with digital techniques led him to the idea of manipulating photographed themes, which whilst being digitally processed, retain their photographic qualities and an intense reference to traditional fine art principles that are found in sculpture, painting or installation.
Iasonas Kampanis, Unknown, 2016, acrylics on wood, 19.5 x 14.5 cm.
The exhibition will run from Thursday, May 26 until Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Participating artists: Akiko Ban, Apollo Aabye, Ariadne Arendt, Artem Surkov, Bonita Alice, Catherine Morland, Charlie Warde, Colin Maitland, Cynthia Hsieh, Eirini Bogdanou, Elisavet Kalpaxi, Elizabeth Hannaford, Emma Coop, Evi Grigoropoulou, fluxIT, Follie Gioir, Gini Wade, house of o’dwyer, Hyeji Woo, Iasonas Kampanis, Imogen Welch, Irene Godfrey, Kaori Homma, Katherine Jones, Kirsty Harris, Laura Napier, Lisa Ivory, Maggie Learmonth, Mandy Hudson, Margita Yankova, Maria Letsiou, Mark Titchner, Metra Saberova, Natalie Dowse, Oliver Macdonald, Rebecca Byrne, Rebecca Key, Rebecca Meanley, Rolina E. Blok, Sarah Gillham, Sasha Bowles, Sharon Leahy-Clark, Shona Davies and Dave Monaghan, Simon Leahy-Clark, Sivan Lavie, Søren Kastalje, Tom Hackett, Victoria Rance and Wolfgang Berkowski.
Iasonas Kampanis, Europa, 2013, heavyweight archival cotton rag paper, 100 x 100 cm, ED of 5.
Iasonas Kampanis is a Greek visual artist based in Athens and London. He studied Jewellery Design at the Mokume Institute in Thessaloniki, Greece. He began experimenting with painting and other visual media while working as a jewellery designer and printmaking assistant in 2007. He has also worked as a graphic artist, illustrator and photographer. He has exhibited in solo and group shows including 'Islington Arts Factory Summer Salon 2015', Islington Arts Factory (London, 2015); 'Artist salons chez Ligne Roset', Ligne Roset Westend Showroom (London, 2014); 'Nonsense Exhibition', O3 Gallery (Oxford, 2013); 'Akindergarten', Bord De L’Eau Gallery (Thessaloniki, 2012); 'Chromocinerea', Used Gallery (Athens, 2011).
All images courtesy of the artist.