Both artists examine abandonment, loss of space, security and art, in the aftermath of the economic crisis in Greece. Fracture will run from March 2 through April 27, 2017 at RoodGallery, 373 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn NY. Please join us for a reception and artist talk March 12 from 4pm-7pm.
Fracture reflects upon the toll that economic crisis has taken on Greece's artistic community and youth, expressing the frustrations and general feeling of saudade. Antonitsis presents a series of gouache on paper and aluminum sculpture criticizing the local social conventions and political hypocrisy.
Accompanying the paintings and sculpture is Anahorisis / Departures, a dual-channel film environment by Harry Patramanis. Filmed inside the abandoned East Terminal of Ellinikon Airport, designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1960s, we watch as groups of young people wait for flights that never come, wandering back and forth with roller bags filled with their possessions, lost in a chaotic melee. They leave one by one as more arrive. They are a mass of humans — hypnotized, avian. It is easy to get lost in their flight patterns, to forget that they are in ruin.
About the Artist:
Dimitrios Antonitsis (b.1966 Athens, Greece) is known for his controversial and provocative work. Widely exhibited in both solo and group shows, his work is represented within collections internationally including the National Museum for Contemporary Art (Athens), Macedonian Museum for Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), DESTE Foundation (Athens), Fondazione per la Fotografia (Turin), Benedikt Taschen Collection (Cologne), and has been published in “Showhungry” (Koan Publications), and in “Agathon or Panic in Weimar” (futura).
In 1999, Antonitsis founded the Hydra School Projects, an art platform located at an abandoned school in Hydra, where he curates a thematic group exhibition with international artists each summer. Antonitsis holds a Master of Science, ETH Zurich/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.
Specializing in high speed microscopic photography, he has been awarded for his short film, “Past Glories, Present Despondencies”, in collaboration with the Robert De Niro film studio.
He is represented by Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece.