Alice in Crisis
Group Show curated by Marina Vranopoulou
May 27th - June 22nd, 2016
Cornelia Baltes | Maja Djordjevic | Gimhongsok | Panagiotis Loukas | Olga Migliaressi-Phoca |Margarita Myrogianni | Paris Petridis | Ugo Rondinone | David Shrigley | Aleksandar Todorovic
Alice in Crisis took the form of an ‘Alice in Wonderland styled’ crisis escape town that is populated by anthropomorphic creatures, rabbit wholes, reverse waterfalls, nonsense balloons and so on. The aim of the show was to put emphasis on the small occurrences where, ideas, actions and various forms of pleasurable releases occured -even in times like this one where people are under various forms of pressure. These occurances were incidents of productivity. As these incidents are rare, the tricky part is to recognize them and make the best of them.
Three drawings by Aleksandar Todorovic refered to the Syrian war and ten other drawings by the same artist, depicted key events that took place during Greece’s financial crisis. These works in total, worked as the starting point for the show. They offered a glimpse of the contemporary world – the world we need to find escapes from in order to survive.
Gimhonsok’s beautiful balloons, named Ten Breaths, were expected to topple or weightlessly float away. Unfortunately, their weight grounds them, disrupting viewers’ expectations.
Ugo Rondinone’s waterfall, called Vinnu Falls, failed successfully as it appears simultaneously weightless and earthbound, graceful and awkward. This is an upside world we live in and things are not as they should be.
David Shrigley’s monoprints Untitled R and Untitled W looked like kids drawings. But in closer inspection, they represented one’s effort to make sense of the adult world through the use of irony and humor. Similarly, Shrigley’s video animation, New Friends, passive-aggressively comments on human relationships and human dynamics.
Olga Migliaressi-Phoca’s neon works Holiday Sin and Let Go used world play and pop imaginary to criticize social conventions.
Paris Petridis participated in the show, with a photo of a closed door that reads Turn to God. The artwork’s message was ambiguous as the viewer does not know if he can indeed open that door and if God is really on the other side.
Panagiotis Loukas, bizarre painted environment and figure, probably represented an anthropomorhic rabbit hole- where reality and fantasy become one.
Cornelia Balte’s playful nature of works, represented formal traces of activity connected to leisure. The artist transforms observations of daily life into settle observations of the status quo.
Maja Djordjevic’s sculptural installations served as a reminder to enjoy life before it melts.
Finally, Margarita Myrogianni’s jewellery were direct references to Lewis Caroll’s infamous story.