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EXHIBITION: Amy Stephens | Retain, Reframe
Art Seen is delighted to announce Amy Stephens first solo exhibition in Cyprus exhibiting a new series of works specifically made for the show.
November 18 - December 21, 2017
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday 15.30 – 19.00. The exhibition can also be viewed by appointment outside opening hours.
Art Seen, 66B Makarios Avenue, Cronos Court, 1077 Nicosia, Cyprus

Stephens works reclaims objects and imagery from the native landscape. Predominantly intuitive, her assemblages range from wood, metal and Perspex, which are suggestive of urban living. Each material is carefully sourced, chosen and collected to create a precise balance and specific narrative.

Amy Stephens, Retain, Reframe, 2017, c-prints, each 23.5 x 15.5 cm, Copyright of Amy Stephens, Courtesy Art Seen, Nicosia.

Downstairs, mini hybrid totems support one another other accompanied by unframed polaroid’s that activate the very essence of the structure’s materiality. These artworks explore reductivist forms with industrial connotations played off against the natural wood and local imagery. A hint of the artist’s signature fluorescent tape is strategically positioned to hold each photograph in place, a comment on the unframed image, supported by materials often associated with framing.

Amy Stephens, α.φ.ρ.ο.δ.ι.Τ.η, 2017, c-print, 57 x 40 cm, Copyright of Amy Stephens, Courtesy Art Seen, Nicosia

Amy Stephens, Untitled, 2017, polaroid, 78 x 51.5 cm (detail), Copyright of Amy Stephens, Courtesy Art Seen, Nicosia.

Upstairs, a repeated image of ‘Petra tou Romiou’, also known as ‘Aphrodite's Rock’, is suspended from the ceiling outside the frame. A different hexagonal coloured form is present in each image making reference to the crystalline structure of the limestone rock. Each hexagon highlights the secret lives of colours in relation to the eight letters that make up the word Aphrodite.

Throughout the exhibition, there is an interesting movement from sculpture to architecture. As you walk around the objects, and neighbouring imagery, Architectural references shift from the classical to the present day. Photography plays a key role in the exhibition offering a window onto the world of exteriors. The boundary between Art and Architecture (Artitecture) is blurred with works sitting somewhere between the real and the imagined. Using both natural and city scape materials, a series of site specific ‘communicative landscapes’ have been created in the main space that retain and later reframe contemporary architecture.


Maria Stathi

Private View
Friday, 17 November 2017

The British High Commissioner Mr Matthew Kidd will inaugurate the exhibition on Friday, 17th of November at 7.30pm.


Polis Ioannou

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