I Woke With a Marble Head in my Hands at K-Gold Temporary Gallery

30.08.2019

K-Gold Temporary Gallery presents the group exhibition “I woke with a marble head in my hands” curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis, in a neoclassical residence at the village of Agia Paraskevi in Lesvos.

This exhibition explores the notion of the wunderkammer in an attempt to outline the complexities of our times. The empty house as an open showcase becomes a stage for presenting various methods of mapping, collecting, and archiving in artistic practices.

The title of K-Gold's sixth summer show refers to the poem by George Seferis, which, as a contemporary Odyssey, points out the continuity between past and present, and how it is inscribed in both personal experience and cultural memory.

Lesvos has a significant history of collecting that ranges from prehistoric findings of the Petrified Forest, archaeology, and folk culture to the unique collection of Tériade who opened on the island the first Modern Art Museum in Greece.

The participating artists compose a contemporary cabinet of curiosities. Their artworks reflect on fragments of today’s society, raising questions about their role and preservation. They highlight the therapeutic value of art in a materially saturated world and point out what do these objects – physical and digital – reveal about our identity as collectors.

Visitors are invited to follow these objects and connect the traces between myth and reality by facing their own personal limits and challenges.

Bas Jan Ader, Primary Time, 1974. Copyright the Estate of Bas Jan Ader / Mary Sue Ader Andersen, 2019 / ARS. Courtesy of Meliksetian | Briggs.

Participating artists: Joan Jonas, Ilias Papailiakis, Virginia Russolo, Bas Jan Ader, Guendalina Cerruti, Christos Delidimos, Anna Franceschini, Louis De Belle, Jonathas de Andrade, Ørjan Amundsen, Eugenia Vereli, Petter Solberg, Adonis Archontides, Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot.

The exhibition is accompanied with parallel events: dance performances, workshops for children, guided tours, screenings, and a bilingual catalog. K-Gold Temporary Gallery finally presents its photography journal “The Wild Ones” featuring Polly Brown, Diego Saldiva, Martin Sekera, Elena Subach, Daniel Everett and Christian Michael Filardo.

Left: Ørjan Amundsen, Cactus Land Remade: A Martian Gothic, 2019. Right: Virginia Russolo, San Gallo, 2018. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Kontos Studio.
Adonis Archontides, Bath II, 2019, Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Kontos Studio.
Eugenia Vereli, Where do the ducks go when the lake is frozen, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Kontos Studio.
Eugenia Vereli, Where do the ducks go when the lake is frozen, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Kontos Studio.
Guendalina Cerruti, Suspended Flowers, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Kontos Studio.
Louis de Belle, Besides Faith, 2016. Courtesy the artist.
Louis de Belle, Besides Faith, 2016. Courtesy the artist.
Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot, Plasma Vista, 2016. Courtesy of the artists.
Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot, Plasma Vista, 2016. Courtesy the artists.
Petter Solberg, A TOWERING OBSESSION, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Kontos Studio.
Jonathas de Andrade, O Peixe, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Vermelho.
Anna Franceschini, The Player May Not Change His Position, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Vera Cortês
The Wild Ones (Daniel Everett, Polly Brown, Christian Michael Filardo, Elena Subach, Diego Saldiva, Martin Sekera), 2019. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Kontos Studio.
Joan Jonas, Mirror Improvisation, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and Amanda Wilkinson Gallery.
Xenia Koghilaki, JunkDance, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Info
I woke with a marble head in my hands
09 August - 08 September 2019

Residence of Vasilia Tafylia
Agia Paraskevi, Lesvos
Opening: Friday 9 August, 20:00
Daily 11:00 –13:00 and 19:00 –23:00
Free entrance
Official website

✎ Text provided by the organisers

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