Like a house on wheels —but with windows open— Mykonos-based cultural platform Dio Horia comes to Athens for a series of visual art events hosted at the historical Parnassos Literary Society. The inspiration for this relocation comes from the history of the Parnassos Society and the desire of Dio Horia to contribute in a wider effort that is taking place in Athens: an effort to activate historical spaces through contemporary art. Specifically the goal of Dio Horia as a platform is to contribute to the interaction between art and society in the same manner as it is done currently by the Athens Biennale (which is hosted in four emblematic buildings on Stadiou street) and the cultural organization NEON.
The programme of Dio Horia at the Parnassos Literary Society includes two contemporary art exhibitions. The first one, which starts on the 28th of November 2018, is a solo exhibition of the American philhellene artist Matthew Palladino. The second exhibition will take place in February, and will show works by Greek contemporary artists side by side—and in dialogue—with works of the Parnassos Literary Society collection.
The Parnassos Literary Society is the oldest cultural society in Athens. It was founded on the 24th of June 1865 by the four children of numismatist Pavlos Lambrou and its purpose was the spiritual, social and moral improvement of the people through various events. Soon the society acquired the fame and prestige of a true “Academy” which functioned in departments such as literary, archaeological, legal, artistic and even scientific. Seven years from its founding and at the suggestion of S. Vassiliadis, an evening school was established for impoverished children. The society today is housed in its privately owned manor on Agiou Georgiou Karitsi Square. It possesses a distinguished library as well as a gallery with 250 works by Greek painters.
For its debut at Parnassos Literary Society, Dio Horia is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by American artist Matthew Palladino. The opening of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, 28 November at 19:00 in the presence of the artist.
The exhibition is called Ouroboros and features six new works. For this exhibition, Palladino continues his exploration into the medium of sculptural relief as contemporary painting. While inspired by ancient art and the themes and motivations that drove its creation, Palladino’s new work is firmly rooted in and influenced by the contemporary world and the images and objects that have left their mark on the collective consciousness. Despite his lacking of the ancient or classical inspiration in belief of gods or kings, the artist is inspired to create a new set of idols for the present age. The new work employs in its production cutting-edge technology, including 3D design and additive manufacturing, to create and produce the structure of the reliefs. The three-dimensional forms are then treated with a high level of craftsmanship and more traditional hand-brushed painting methods to achieve an image/object that is a balanced hybrid of both old and new creative practices.
Matthew Palladino lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in San Francisco in 1985. He studied painting at the California College of the Arts. His work has been acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has had solo exhibitions at Nanzuka (2017, Hong Kong), Retrospective Gallery (2015, New York) and Garth Greenan Gallery (2014, New York) among others. He has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, Juxtapoz and Dazed among others.
Dio Horia cultural platform was founded in 2015 by art historian Marina Vranopoulou. Dio Horia is both a gallery and a cultural platform. In reality it is a transformative field constantly shifting, a nomadic colony of artistic expression and creation, a platform for cultural production with Greek roots and an international direction. Dio Horia is a two-storey Cycladic neoclassical building and its garden, it’s the artists behind its doors, it is the residency program and its exhibitions, its research and publications. But at the end it is none of the above, because it transforms constantly into new building and places, new moulds, new works and themes.