David Adamo & Margarita Myrogianni
July 27th - August 22nd, 2017
Dio Horia art platform was pleased to announce a two person show, as part of the gallery’s residency program for which, it invites artists to come to Mykonos and work on location. The exhibition brought together American sculptor David Adamo and Greek photographer Margarita Myrogianni, two artists with entirely different styles but many unforeseen similarities. David Adamo presented three sculptures carved out of the trunks of cedar trees representing shapes he saw or imagined during his residency at Dio Horia. Dominating and delicate at the same time, they claim an uncanny physicality. His works lean towards abstraction, yet offering hints of figuration. They stood as bodies among other bodies and untangled their acoustic agency. The solid woods with rough notches chopped bluntly into their bulks became musical instruments. His works blends our sensory inputs visualizing a musicality exciting the eyes. They seem to be amalgams of an obsessive sculpting process and readily available materials found in the artist’s studio. His installations were like performances with no performers, just the works remaining as reifications of what has happened. The absence/presence tension was addressed through his way of work as well. An action of removing to create. Absence here creates the materiality of the present. The game of absence/presence was also evident in Margarita Myrogianni’s work. The Greek artist’s imagery developed around the idea of the presence and its impact in the framed space alternating between domestic and outdoor space, myth and the mundane. In her series of works for Dio Horia, she translated the sight of absence into representation. Photographs of a sea view taken through a summer-house window on Tinos island, embed the artist’s unseen compositional gesture, her invisible hand. Using a Nivea tin cream - the ultimate summer childhood memory - on the glass window, separating her gaze from the sea, she reminds the viewer of the performative acts of representation while at the same time delving into an otherworldly and mysterious mise-en-scène. Her works depicted suspended instances rich in nonlinear narrative and staged allegories of an everyday yet cinematic style.