Nikos Papadopoulos

POLE I HOLE I BALL

05 November – 10 June 2021

Curated by Katerina Koskina
Light Design by Eleftheria Deko

artist's note

In his essay on Proust, Beckett mentions that men and women in the works of the French author seem to solicit a pure subject, so that they may pass from a state of blind will to a state of representation. In his new exhibition in Crux Gallery, Nikos Papadopoulos presents a series of erotic works which relate to his own life. The figures in these works are the pure subjects – lovers/partners –, who are the protagonists, despite baffling the greedy gaze, in a never-ending silent festive condition. The viewers are invited to bypass the dazzle/magic of the technique as well as the artist’s fixating on details, be they in reference to objects or body parts, in order to discern them.
The title of the exhibition emerged from the twofold meaning of the words pole|hole|ball, pointing to the semantic play that takes place between certain geometrical forms and parts of the male body.
For the artist, beyond the need/urge to expose his work, his desire to expose also himself presupposes the acceptance of his choices as part of his identity. The publication of personal experience and erotic choice constitutes also a political act, one of freedom and audacity, in a world that is socially divided, aesthetically homogenized and, despite seemingly tolerant, more and more hypocritically conservative.
The visual output emerged from the gathering of a selection of personal moments, captured with the artist’s camera, which were consequently turned into drawings, raised or incused, with the use of a novel material.
With this line of works, Nikos Papadopoulos further extends the familiar technique of dot-painting (the synthesis of an image through dots) since, besides paper, he also uses aluminum foil to produce works that are sensitive yet durable, with volume and a difference in texture. The demanding procedure he follows, one which strains his hands, is a reference equally to the raised metallic surfaces and to the byzantine technique of anthivolos, which has as a result the development of different techniques and different versions of the same drawing.

installation views

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artworks

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Welcome V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Welcome V, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Welcome III</i>, 2020, perforated aluminium, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Welcome III, 2020, perforated aluminium, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Party V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 55x42 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Party V, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 55x42 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Party ΙΙ</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 30x42 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Party ΙΙ, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 30x42 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Eros V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Eros V, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Eros III</i>, 2020, perforated aluminium, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Eros III, 2020, perforated aluminium, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Eros II</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Eros II, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 75x105 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled IV</i>, 2019, colored pencil on paper, 27.5x40 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled IV, 2019, colored pencil on paper, 27.5x40 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 26.5x40 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 26.5x40 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled</i>, 2019, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper, <br>24x19.5 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled, 2019, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper,
24x19.5 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled</i>, 2018, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled, 2018, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>One Candle is Enough ΙI</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 75x55 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, One Candle is Enough ΙI, 2019, pencil on paper, 75x55 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled V, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled V, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>One Candle is Enough Ι</i>, 2019, pencil and ink on paper, 75x55 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, One Candle is Enough Ι, 2019, pencil and ink on paper, 75x55 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper, <br>24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled V, 2020, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper,
24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper, <br>24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled V, 2020, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper,
24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Kiss IV</i>, 2019, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Kiss IV, 2019, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Il Pellegrino V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Il Pellegrino V, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24X17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Untitled V, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24X17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Homage to Gustave Courbet IV</i>, 2019, pencil, colored pencil and <br> ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Homage to Gustave Courbet IV, 2019, pencil, colored pencil and
ink on paper, 24x17 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Chocolate V</i>, 2020, gold print, pencil and ink on paper, 55x42 cm

Nikos Papadopoulos, Chocolate V, 2020, gold print, pencil and ink on paper, 55x42 cm

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Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Welcome V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 75x105 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Welcome III</i>, 2020, perforated aluminium, 75x105 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Party V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 55x42 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Party ΙΙ</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 30x42 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Eros V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 75x105 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Eros III</i>, 2020, perforated aluminium, 75x105 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Eros II</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 75x105 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled IV</i>, 2019, colored pencil on paper, 27.5x40 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 26.5x40 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled</i>, 2019, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper, <br>24x19.5 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled</i>, 2018, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>One Candle is Enough ΙI</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 75x55 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, perforated matte black aluminium, 24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>One Candle is Enough Ι</i>, 2019, pencil and ink on paper, 75x55 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper, <br>24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper, <br>24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Kiss IV</i>, 2019, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Il Pellegrino V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Untitled V</i>, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 24X17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Homage to Gustave Courbet IV</i>, 2019, pencil, colored pencil and <br> ink on paper, 24x17 cm
Nikos Papadopoulos, <i>Chocolate V</i>, 2020, gold print, pencil and ink on paper, 55x42 cm

press

CULTURE NOW
26.04.2021
CULTURE NOW
Nikos Papadopoulos: How something rather personal can become universal
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AVGI
18.04.2021
AVGI
Hard surfaces, soft depths
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ARTSTOP ART MAGAZINE
03.04.2021
ARTSTOP ART MAGAZINE
Maria Karachristou wrote that Nikos Papadopoulos skillfully reduces aspects of eroticism to vows, poems and holes, with tenderness, poetry and mystery
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GRTIMES
19.01.2021
GRTIMES
Nikos Papadopoulos exhibition POLE I HOLE I BALL
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VIMAGAZINO
22.11.2020
VIMAGAZINO
Self reflections
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NAFTEMPORIKI
05.11.2020
NAFTEMPORIKI
Semantic game between geometric shapes and parts of the male body
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TA NEA TIS TECHNIS
01.04.2020
TA NEA TIS TECHNIS
Erotic moments recollection
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