Anestis Ioannou

AFTER SUNSET

22 June – 10 October 2021

Curated by Katerina Nikou

artist's note

Our stories, the strangers around us and the places we build to live within are interrelated. This thought triggered a line of exploration in which different registers of narration are exposed, from the relation between the inner human state and the environment that surrounds us, to the osmosis of an individual’s identity with that of a place.
I am interested in the way our urban localities are composed of the information that everyone inserts, a process that functions as a carrier of cultural, social and behavioral transplants.
In this body of work, I draw upon autobiographical, historical and sociological sources to explore fragments of urban narratives, and present traces of places on denim and concrete. I consider denim as a personal memory-carrying material, that among others it is often connected with the youth street culture and a general movement in a city.
In this case, I process the denim by bleaching out plants, while mixing them with collages of photographed found objects and other textiles.
At the same time, glowing forms and plants emerge from concrete-like structures blended with iron rods. A reference to unfinished constructions, as empty promises filled with nightlife’s lights and stories.
In the presented works, the urban flora occupies a central role of the narrative. I perceive plants and flowerpots, in a city flooded by concrete, whether in common spaces or private balconies, as containers of information. Currently growing transplants that affect, change and contribute to the totality of a space. Passing through local and personal myths, I discovered that you can find a big piece of Athenian history in the city’s plants, rooting and becoming part of urban life.

curator's note

In his first solo show in Athens, titled After Sunset, Anestis Ioannou invites us to enter his personal world where he is concerned with the relationship of the individuals to the architectural environment and to the urban nature.

In his large dimension paintings, he replaces the traditional canvas with the jean textile, the canvas here is processed in a different way. Jean is a material originated from denim, invented by Jacob David and Levi Strauss in 1873. It has marked the culture of the last 150 years. Also, it is connected to the labour class, as a symbol of disobedience, which later became the basic paradigm of fast fashion (clothes in low prices produced fast from the mass markets).

The artist approaches jean as a fabric of everyday life, addressed to all social strata. Wearing it, people feel familiar and it connects individuals around the world (global cultural transplant). Its social address is evident from the range of its value and the market demands. The question of matter and form, as well as their coexistence in relation to philosophical pursuits, regarding material and its research, are redefined and acquire a new dimension here.

Anestis Ioannou watches from the window of a room, the city, the urban landscape, the architecture, the nature, our distance from the natural environment but also our effort to include it in our lives, fragments, such as a flowerpot and a tree in an open-air space, the vain gesture of the individual which reminds us of what we have lost.

Starting from this thought, his concrete-like sculptures with neon, wave at us in an ironic mood. When we cannot include the natural element, we replace it with the artificial: a neon plant that grows in cement instead of soil.

We follow the process of technology expropriation rooted in everyday life, related to advertising, branding, nightlife, bars in the urban field, and it turns to be a personal story.
A narrative like a fragment in urban chaos.

All these references are intricately embedded in an apartment of a 1951 building, an excellent example of Greek modern architecture and modernism, which during this era local immigrants left rural life and moved to the city.

Katerina Nikou (independent curator, Greece, Belgium)

artworks

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Chemobed</i>, 2020, acrylics and textile on bleached denim, 40x60 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Chemobed, 2020, acrylics and textile on bleached denim, 40x60 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Flowerpots at Home</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 100x150 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Flowerpots at Home, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 100x150 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Marble Skate & Palm Tree</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 100x150 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Marble Skate & Palm Tree, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 100x150 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>MRI Thoughts</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, MRI Thoughts, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Rooting Under The Banana Tree</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Rooting Under The Banana Tree, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - I</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - I, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>4th Floor's Balcony</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, 4th Floor's Balcony, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Urban Backyard</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Urban Backyard, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - II</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - II, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - IIΙ</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - IIΙ, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory (Palm II)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 36x57 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory (Palm II), 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 36x57 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (box)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (box), 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (chair)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140

Anestis Ioannou, Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (chair), 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Balcony Monstera and Marble</i>, 2021, acrylics and collage on bleached denim, 51x44 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Balcony Monstera and Marble, 2021, acrylics and collage on bleached denim, 51x44 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Common Space I</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Common Space I, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Common Space II</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Common Space II, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Common Space III</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Common Space III, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Exotic Foundations</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Exotic Foundations, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>On a Hot Sidewalk of Summer</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 50x65 cm

Anestis Ioannou, On a Hot Sidewalk of Summer, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 50x65 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sight</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Sight, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Study of a Stray Dog</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Study of a Stray Dog, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>A Future Memory</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, A Future Memory, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Wandering Around</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and collage on paper, 50x65 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Wandering Around, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and collage on paper, 50x65 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>After Sunset Yucca Tree</i>, 2021, construction iron rod, neon lights, spraypaint and concrete mixture on styrofoam, 118x100x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, After Sunset Yucca Tree, 2021, construction iron rod, neon lights, spraypaint and concrete mixture on styrofoam, 118x100x35 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>After Sunset Horizon</i>, 2021, construction iron rod, neon lights and concrete mixture on wood, 70x15x42 cm

Anestis Ioannou, After Sunset Horizon, 2021, construction iron rod, neon lights and concrete mixture on wood, 70x15x42 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>After Sunset Flowerpot</i>, 2021, neon lights, spraypaint, acrylics and concrete mixture on wood, 85x90x10 cm

Anestis Ioannou, After Sunset Flowerpot, 2021, neon lights, spraypaint, acrylics and concrete mixture on wood, 85x90x10 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Stray Dog</i>, 2021, neon lights, spraypaint, acrylics and concrete mixture on wood, 159x129x10 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Stray Dog, 2021, neon lights, spraypaint, acrylics and concrete mixture on wood, 159x129x10 cm

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Anestis Ioannou, <i>Chemobed</i>, 2020, acrylics and textile on bleached denim, 40x60 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Flowerpots at Home</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 100x150 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Marble Skate & Palm Tree</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 100x150 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>MRI Thoughts</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Rooting Under The Banana Tree</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - I</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>4th Floor's Balcony</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Urban Backyard</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - II</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - IIΙ</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory (Palm II)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 36x57 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (box)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (chair)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile & collage on bleached denim, 160x140
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Balcony Monstera and Marble</i>, 2021, acrylics and collage on bleached denim, 51x44 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Common Space I</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Common Space II</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Common Space III</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Exotic Foundations</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>On a Hot Sidewalk of Summer</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 50x65 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sight</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Study of a Stray Dog</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and textile on paper, 65x50 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>A Future Memory</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel and pencil on paper, 50x35 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Wandering Around</i>, 2021, acrylics, oil pastel, pencil and collage on paper, 50x65 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>After Sunset Yucca Tree</i>, 2021, construction iron rod, neon lights, spraypaint and concrete mixture on styrofoam, 118x100x35 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>After Sunset Horizon</i>, 2021, construction iron rod, neon lights and concrete mixture on wood, 70x15x42 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>After Sunset Flowerpot</i>, 2021, neon lights, spraypaint, acrylics and concrete mixture on wood, 85x90x10 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Stray Dog</i>, 2021, neon lights, spraypaint, acrylics and concrete mixture on wood, 159x129x10 cm

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POPAGANDA
23.06.2021
POPAGANDA
Anestis Ioannou solo exhibition After Sunset at Crux Galerie
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POLISPOST
23.06.2021
POLISPOST
Anestis Ioannou solo exhibition After Sunset at Crux Galerie
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CULTURE NOW
22.06.2021
CULTURE NOW
In his first solo show in Athens, titled After Sunset, Anestis Ioannou invites us to enter his personal world where he is concerned with the relationship of the individuals to the architectural environment and to the urban nature
view here