South likes: Zoe Giabouldaki at Elika Gallery, Athens

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Zoe Giabouldaki, The crack has a face, now the face is polite, 2014, metal, plaster, enamel spray, soundproofing foam, aerobic ball

South likes: Zoe Giabouldaki at Elika Gallery, Athens
Erroneous Beliefs. Paraben-free
Elika Gallery, Athens, Greece
24 April – 31 May, 2014

The exploration of internet as a medium or universal tool, leads the artist Zoe Giabouldaki to an investigation of the materiality that compose the virtual world represented on the screens of our laptops, iPads or iPhones. The object of this research is the regime of interdependence between the physical presence of the object and the impact of virtual information. On one hand, concrete objects and sculptural forms are transfigured in virtual representations, resembling digitally processed images in their iridescent materiality. On the other side the broken screens of several iPhones present a rather mundane and transitory appearance of the hi-tech, representing the outdated in a contemporary Memento Mori. More than an awareness of the internet, what emerge from the exhibition are the multiple traumas undergone by reality. The substance and qualities of the works illustrate the ambivalence of unstable objects, caught in both material and immaterial conditions of existence. Bouncing between tangible and intangible networks, the images and the objects envisioned by the artist tend towards a quasi-alchemical projection: balancing between the virtual economy generated by eBay and and the physical presence of sculptural forms we are seduced by the “impossible leap” from the gold leaf to the credit card.

Michelangelo Corsaro

http://www.elikagallery.com/exhibitions/zoe-giabouldaki/

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Zoe Giabouldaki, No Paraben Free, 2014, iron, activated charcoal and ion exchange resin beads from water filters, polyvinyl acetate, aluminium, iridium, hacksaw blade

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Zoe Giabouldaki, Gadani Beach, 2014, soundproofing foam, mix of plaster, porcelain and resin, ping-pong ball, aluminium

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Zoe Giabouldaki, “Best Fit” redirects here, 2014, iron, RAL electrostatic paint

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Zoe Giabouldaki, 4,5 kg of fruit, 2014, steel, iron, spray paint

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Zoe Giabouldaki, Sliding up Jodorowsky’s Mountain, 2013, glass, plaster, crystals of copper sulphate, polyvinyl acetate, sodium borate dehydrate, imitation gold leafs, steel, spray paint, light projector

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Zoe Giabouldaki, PayPad, 2014, video, duration 13’10”, iPad, debit card, steel, usb cable

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Zoe Giabouldaki, Basic sauce for life, 2014, galvanised steel, plywood, iPhone, iPod, headset, screens, crystals, copper, lead, tin, two videos, duration 6’29” and 9’14”

 

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