21 April – 9 June 2018

A PAINTING ON SEPARATION

Apostolos Georgiou

A painting on separation is an exhibition conceived around a single work of Apostolos Georgiou, its history of repetition and a story on separation. Following the completion of the painting Untitled, 2012 and fascinated by the peculiar physiology of the represented headless figure the artist decided to keep it for himself. A few years later however, due to external pressure he came to the conclusion that he must part with it. Before the painting left his studio he decided to make a copy and shortly thereafter a second copy, turning this exercise of multiplication into a diptych. Six years later, on the occasion of the exhibition at The Island Club, Georgiou revisits this series of reiterations with a new drawing inviting the potential for a new narrative to arise.

Apostolos Georgiou (b. 1952, Thessaloniki) began studying architecture at the University of Applied Arts of Vienna in 1971. By 1973 he decided to study painting instead. He graduated from the Academy of Beaux Arts in Florence in 1975. After spending two decades working on the island of Skopelos he relocated to Athens where he lives and works today. Georgiou has exhibited extensively in Greece and abroad and his work is included in many public and private collections worldwide.

Selected solo shows: Situations, 40-year retrospective, Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Shenzhen, China (2018); gb agency, Paris, France; Rodeo, London, UK (2016 and 2014); Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2012); EMST, Athens, Greece (2011). Selected group exhibitions: Documenta 14, Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany (2017); Der stinknormale Mann, Riesa Efau/Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany (2017); Shut Up and Paint, National Gallery of Victoria, Αustralia; Cher(e)s Ami(e)s: Hommage aux donateurs des collections contemporaines, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2016); See Sun and Think Shadow, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA (2016); Hypnos Project, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (2016). 

Exhibition Organised by Denise Araouzou

Photos: Mirka K./The Island Club