14 March - 30 April, 2023
Antonakis / Seven Songs
Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery is happy to present Antonakis Christodoulou’s solo show ‘Seven Songs.’ The exhibition opens on Tuesday, March 14 and will be on display till the 30th of April 2023.
‘In his new solo exhibition at Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, titled Seven Songs, Antonakis presents a new body of work, on which he started focusing on in 2019 and, as the title suggests, deals with seven music tracks that follow him through his life from very early on, until today. Every song corresponds to one or more works in the exhibition; larger and smaller paintings, drawings with pencils, collages and a folder with draft sketches and notes, placed on a music stand.
The songs hailed from the ‘70s in Greece, and include The Dragon and The Princely Waltz from the iconic children’s radio show ‘Lilipoupoli’, Τhe young Rallou and Tsamikos by the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis with lyrics by Nikos Gkatsos, and the beautiful Lullaby for babies and old men with singer Mariza Koch and lyrics by Nikos Kavadias. These songs are deeply loved by Antonakis, who hasn’t parted with them during the last 40 years. The performers and composers, the stories, environments, and spaces in which he listened to those songs for the first times, are bound to him, and urge the artist to frequently revisit and listen to the same tracks time and again, in an attempt to visualize that which is stored in his mind.
His multifaceted artistic approach, with obvious influences from modernism and the art scene of the “Generation of the ‘30s” in Greece, explores the notion of myth within a contemporary context. The form and colour choices, the geometrical shapes, and the human and animal figures, as much as the use of various different media, compose this unique visual language, in an attempt to instigate a dialogue between past and present. With the choices he makes when creating his painting, the viewers are somehow transported through space and time.’
Abstract from the text by Odette Kouzou accompanying the exhibition.