“artist’s cards” / DODECAhEDRON - dual ICOSAhEDRON

Elika_Gallery -artist’s cards” - (12.12.15 – 09.01.16)

Elika Gallery presents this year’s edition of Artists’ Cards where artists are invited to create one or more works in the form of a postcard. The works presented, both originals and editions, will be for sale for the duration of the project and their prices will range from 15-150 euros.

From the famous Fluxus cards to the use of postcards by artists such as Gilbert and George and Rachel Whiteread, the preoccupation of artists with this particular format, similarly to the better-known artists’ books, holds a distinct position in the history of contemporary art. The familiarity of the card as an object, its immediacy and directness, largely due to the brief message it contains, its being a means of communication, or at times a memento and a souvenir, as well as its size, which makes it an object easy to handle, are only some of the elements that compose a truly interesting form for artists to work on. At the same time, the project is inspired by the holiday season, a perfect reminder of the continuing relevance and appeal of the card as a physical object, despite the imperatives of an increasingly digitalized era.
Duration: 12.12.15 – 09.01.16
Opening hours:

Gallery Weekend /  Saturday 12.12: 12-6 pm & Sunday 13.12: 11-3 pm
ΔΩΔΕΚΑΕΔΡΟΝ + δυϊκόν ΕΙΚΟΣΑΕΔΡΟΝ *                              DODECAhEDRON + dual ICOSAhEDRON 


Ευχές για ένα Ειρηνικό και Δημιουργικό Νέον Έτος !!! 
Wishes for a Peacefull and Creative New Year !!!

"The Bird of Youth" - Imago-Beneton / Greece

το πουλί τής νιότης -
 the bird of youth

 IMAGO MUNDI: Idea – Description – Aim

The Imago Mundi Project
Imago Mundi (Image of the World) is a global cultural project that aspires to foster openness, new horizons and the coexistence of expressive diversity.
The expanding collection is up to now comprising of approximately 2000 works of art collected since 2008 by Luciano Benetton: established and emerging artists from various countries over five continents have been engaged on a voluntary basis and without financial reward to create an artwork whose only limitation is a 10x12cm format. The collection, hosted by the Fondazione Benetton, has no commercial aspirations and aspires to unite the diversities of the world in the name of a common artistic experience. It could be paralleled to an open inventory able to demonstrate how varying is the way the world is seen, studied and represented by artists and to pass on to future generations the widest possible mapping of human cultures at the start of the third millennium

The Imago Mundi collection began with a chance interaction with a South American artist who instead of leaving a business card with Benetton gave him two tiny 10x12 cm paintings. Those first pieces sparked the whole project. Since then the collection is organized and curated by geographical location, with the help of curators and local experts in shaping the selections from each country, the aim is to create an intriguing smorgasbord of artworks, available to the widest possible audiences.

Imago Mundi‘s first presentation was housed at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, as an official collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale, from 28 August to 27 October 2013.
Through exhibitions, catalogues, a specially designed portal on the web and via collaborations with galleries and museums the collection will travel around the world.

Exhibition Display and Catalogue
The display idea and design belongs to architect Tobia Scarpa and is a welcoming space that aids comprehension of the richness of the exhibit. The structure provides clear visibility of the small canvasses and, thanks to the fact that the stands close like the leaves of a book, transportation and installation is made easy and facilitates the itinerant aims of the collection, destined to travel without frontiers.

Accompanying catalogues are published for each geographical collection, featuring full-colour illustrations of every work (front and back), the artists’ bios and texts by curators and established art critics.

Luciano Benetton
A great traveller and an art lover, Luciano Benetton has firmly united these two passions in the Imago Mundi project, an ongoing collection of over 2000 artworks, created by artists from different countries around the world.
Born in Treviso in 1935, Luciano Benetton created Benetton Group in 1965, alongside his sister Giuliana and brothers Gilberto and Carlo. He is the Chairman of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, created in 1987, as a testimony of the family’s link with the territory, the Veneto region and the area of Treviso, contributing in particular to the civil and cultural growth of the community and undertaking many projects dedicated to natural, artistic and historic heritage.

 the bird of youth
το πουλί τής νιότης

Greek artists 

Magic Carpet Ride - αίθουσα τέχνης «έ κ φ ρ α σ η – γιαννα γραμματοπουλου»

On a magic carpet ride
You don’t know what we can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me.

San Fransisco: Kati Casida
Αθήνα: Μιχάλης Αρφαράς, Κορνήλιος Γραμμένος

Η αίθουσα τέχνης «έ κ φ ρ α σ η – γιαννα γραμματοπουλου» εγκαινιάζει την Πέμπτη  24 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015 την ομαδική έκθεση γλυπτικής με τίτλο Magic Carpet Ride. Το κύριο μοτίβο, το κίνητρο πίσω από αυτή τη συνάντηση είναι η βόλτα, το ταξίδι, η πρόκληση να επικοινωνήσουν άνθρωποι από διαφορετικούς πολιτισμούς.
Δεκαεπτά γλύπτες από το  San Francisco και δώδεκα γλύπτες από την Αθήνα συνομιλούν με τα έργα τους, που λειτουργούν ως γλώσσα, που αποκαλύπτει τους κοινούς τόπους και τους κοινούς κώδικες.
Η Kati Casida, καλλιτέχνης και επιμελήτρια της ομάδας του San Francisco αναφέρει μεταξύ άλλων:  «Η έκθεση αυτή μπορεί να δώσει κάποιες ενδείξεις ως προς το τι προκαλεί ανησυχία σε όλους μας ως καλλιτέχνες σε έναν κόσμο που να αντανακλά περισσότερο αναταραχή παρά  σταθερότητα…Λαμβάνοντας υπόψη την πλούσια Ελληνική παράδοση της αρχαίας τέχνης και της αρχιτεκτονικής, θεωρήσαμε ότι μια ομαδική έκθεση με Αθηναίους γλύπτες θα ήταν μια σημαντική άσκηση για τη διεθνή συνεργασία και την κατανόηση, την επέκταση των οριζόντων μας και την εκτίμησή μας για σπουδαίο πολιτισμό στην άλλη άκρη του κόσμου»
Ο Peter Selz, Ομ. Καθηγητής στο University of California, Berkeley σχολιάζει για την έκθεση: “Η Γλυπτική από τη φύση της είναι μεταμορφική: ο γλύπτης μετασχηματίζει την οργανική ύλη, όπως πέτρα, ξύλο, πηλό, χαλκό σε αντικείμενα συμβολικής σημασίας”.
Το ταξίδι είναι πάντα διαφορετικό απ’ ότι το περιμένεις. Το απρόοπτο θα εισβάλλει ακόμα και στο πιο τακτικό σημειωματάριο. (Μαρία Καραχρήστου, επιμέλεια ελληνικού κειμένου).
Οι επιμελητές της ελληνικής ομάδας, Μιχάλης Αρφαράς  και Κορνήλιος Γραμμένος, στρώνουν το χαλί της υποδοχής:
I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here.
(Από το τραγούδι των Steppenwolf Magic Carpet Ride





Hiers - Hilstrom









Αθηναίοι Γλύπτες
Μιχάλης Αρφαράς, Κωστής Βελώνης, Βάσω Γκαβαισέ, Κορνήλιος Γραμμένος, Γιώργος Γυπαράκης ,  Γεωργία Δαμοπούλου, Μανώλης Ζαχαριουδάκης, Δώρα Κουρτέσα, Αιμιλία Μπαντούνα, Νίκος Παπαδημητρίου, Ηλίας Σιψάς, Κώστας Χριστόπουλος
Pacific Rim Sculpture Group – San Francisco
T. Barny, Patrisia Bengtson-Jones, Kati Casida, Pam Dernham, Bella Feldman, Rebecca Fox, Peter Hiers, Maj-Britt Hilstrom, Maru Hoeber, Debbie Koppma, Kristin Lindseth, Giuseppe Palumbo, Iris Polos, Joseph Slusky, Cyrus Tilton, Leitha Thrall, James K.M. Watts