a collective artistic intervention in the public space of Athens
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Keep on Keeping on. A visual meta- collection
Group exhibition / American College of Greece
The American College of Greece is pleased to present the exhibition Keep on Keeping on. A visual meta- collection curated by invited independent curator Evita Tsokanta. The exhibition is part of the Arts Festival organized by the Deree Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts. The opening of the exhibition will take place March 3, 18:00 - 22:00, at the ACG Art Gallery.
Participating artists: Alexis Akrithakis, Minos Argyrakis, Joseph Beuys, Charles Bukowski, Konstantinos Dagritzikos, Alekos Fassianos, Ceal Floyer, Vassilis Fotopoulos, Yannis Gaitis, Alexia Karavela, Victoria Karvouni, Yannis Kottis, Nikos Koundouros, Marijn van Kreij, Jannis Maillis, Frosso Michalea, Yiannis Mouravas, Vasilis Papageorgiou, Nektarios Pappas, Dimosthenis Patridis, Yannis Ritsos, Steve Roggenbuck, Aliki Sapountzi, Jeanne Spiteris-Veropoulou, Theodoros, Constantin Xenakis
Keep on keeping on consists of a selection of historical works and artefacts of the ACG collection alongside recent works by young Greek and international artists, including new commissions and finally the outcome of collaborations with senior students of the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts.
The multifaceted ACG collection has been created through time by a series of donations and acquisitions, under the aegis of different people of possibly opposing agendas, marked by various aesthetics. By juxtaposing selected works of the collection with a number of contemporary artworks through curatorial gestures that gently balance the absurd and the poetic, Keep on keeping on reveals hidden connections as seen through the prism of today’s knowledge and demonstrates the obscure unity of a contemporary art collection: the ecumenical anthropocentric element.
The exhibition attempts to expand preconceived perceptions of visual language, both in terms of the artwork as well as the framework of the contemporary art exhibition itself. By exhibiting seemingly random objects together, the sense of the unexpected is provoked. The viewer’s gaze is forced into a state of willing suspension of disbelief and urged to deconstruct anew the purpose, meaning and symbolic value of each exhibit.
Keep on keeping on acts as an encouragement to reassess the authority that determines artistic value. By demonstrating the many sources and numerous vocabularies by which art can and is produced, it becomes the object of universal assertion. Ultimately it argues for a reclaiming of one’s power to speak about oneself, while embracing the possibility of the proverbial failure as an essential element of self-definition. This ode to the self-referential hopes to motivate and enable the subject to actively participate not only in the appreciation, but even in the development of artistic content.
It’s an exhibition about making an exhibition, about producing and consuming art, about acceptance of organic human evolution and ultimately about recognizing the universal drive of creativity in every aspect of life. As Henry Miller stated “To make living itself an art, that is the goal.”
Opening: March 3, 18:00 - 22:00
ACG Art Gallery - The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi
Duration: 3 March - 10 April 2017
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 14:00 - 18:00, Sat: 12:00 - 16:00
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