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EXHIBITION: Konstantinos Ladianos – Pink Boudoir
Installed over a pink room reminiscent of a boudoir, the artist presents paintings with his characteristic technique of egg tempera on wood, painted constructions with aluminium reliefs and a series of handmade embroideries adorned with ribbons in black, blue, pink and golden fabrics.
23.01.18 - 10.03.18
Tue - Fri: 11am - 3pm / 5pm - 8pm Saturday: 11am - 4pm Also by appointment
CAN CHRISTINA ANDROULIDAKI GALLERY, ANAGNOSTOPOULOU STR 10673 ATHENS
37D 58' 48.73", 23D 44' 18.79"

Souvenir du Soir, 2016-18, embroidery on-fabric, 51x38cm

In his solo show at CAN gallery Konstantinos Ladianos (b.1967) continues constructing a universe of images that testify to the equal acceptance of the everyday and the unlikely, the ordinary and the marvellous, mixing personal memories with religious imagery, mythical representations and lyrical narratives in order to create a personal space that aims to explore the limits of human existence.

37D 58' 48.73", 23D 44' 18.79"

Portrait of A., 2016-18, embroidery on fabric, 23x37cm

37D 58' 48.73", 23D 44' 18.79"

Konstantinos Ladianos, Sans Lingerie, 2016-18, embroidery on fabric, 42x50cm

The term Boudoir in the title of the exhibition refers to a woman’s private salon or sitting room usually situated between the dining room and the bedroom where ladies used to withdraw to after dinner. Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) in his literary works helped develop a scandalous reputation about this area dedicated to the privacy of female talks. Ladianos in his exhibition embraces the term and creates his own private space -a boudoir for both men and women- devoted to his most private and secret thoughts and quests.

37D 58' 48.73", 23D 44' 18.79"

Konstantinos Ladianos, The Golden Man 2015, embroidery on fabric, 61x85cm

In his own Pink Boudoir the artist reflects upon such thoughts regarding God, life, morality and freedom and creates a whole new universe of characters and symbols. The two large painted works presented in this exhibition both face inwards. On one hand a sublime landscape that spreads from the depths of the earth to the top of a high mountain, with a huge eye watching over it, and on the other hand a work of magic realism depicting a strikingly dressed woman who fries eggs while standing on a boat that floats in a flooded room.

Konstantinos Ladianos

Born in Athens, Greece in 1967. He studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki under Dimitris Condos. He mainly works with painting and embroidery. The human figure is always central to his oeuvre through which he expresses his ontological concern over issues of faith, culture and aesthetics. He had a solo exhibition at CAN Gallery in 2015 and he has exhibited in a variety of shows such as "Spiritual Materialism" at Ileana Tounta Centre for Contemporary Art, "Something That is Beautiful" at ELIKA gallery, "Feed me" at GazonRouge Loraini Alimantiri gallery, "Lustlands" at Family Business, New York, “Hell AS Pavilion" at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, "(O)IKEA Hydra School Projects" in Hydra, "Paint-id" at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, "What remains is future" in Patras, European Cultural Capital and others. He lives and works between Athens and Hydra.

Credits

Photos
Courtesy of CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery

Cover Photo
Konstantinos Ladianos, Pantepoptis 2017, Egg tempera on wood silver leaf, 80x120cm



Author

Polis Ioannou


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