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.
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.
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.
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.
Courtesy of CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery
Konstantinos Ladianos, Pantepoptis 2017, Egg tempera on wood silver leaf, 80x120cm