ART-IMAGE presents In Bits And Pieces by CHRISTOS PANTIERAS
From June 14 to September 25th, 2015
Christos Pantieras’ exploration of the narratives of online communication, intimacy, and identity continues to evolve. In this new body of work, he shifts from using text from online interactions between individuals to focus on the information embedded in online profiles. In this way, the artist moves to the call, not the response.
In Bits and Pieces investigates the narratives and circumstances of men who discreetly seek intimacy with other men. For example: "My wife doesn't know I'm doing this," tells of a closeted adulterer; while "I'm told I'm really good," reaches to overconfidence; and "I'm new to this," marks a rite of passage. Nestled in the profile descriptions of online dating and hookup platforms, these revealing statements are presented as the embodiment of one's situation and transform into a conversation of confessionals.
The body of work is presented in the form of letter board and pedestal board signs, and their end function communicates, informs, announces, or provides directives. Pantieras adapts these signs to reference human situations while revealing the melancholic or emotionally charged statements offered by profile owners. These anthropomorphic sculptures act as both windows into and players in an online world. As viewers we witness the gains, losses, anticipations, and apprehensions experienced by these individuals and wonder: are their stories unraveling little by little, or are they building a new narrative in bits in pieces?
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Christos Pantieras is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation, drawing, and mixed media. He received an MFA in Sculpture from York University (Toronto, ON) in 2015.
Pantieras has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues such as the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa), the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto), Modern Fuel ARC (Kingston) and AXENEO (Gatineau). His work has been recognized through Emerging and Mid-Career grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. Pantieras is represented in the collection of the City of Ottawa and in several private collections.
OPENING Thursday June 14 from 6 to 8 pm
Wine, beer and snacks will be offered.
Admission is free, come one come all.
Art-image et espace Odyssée
Maison de la culture de Gatineau
855 boulevard de la Gappe
Gatineau J8T 8H9
Free parking at the rear,
STO Bus route 63/67/71/73/75/87