27.01 - 23.02.2023

STAIRWAY TO NOTHING

GIORGOS GEORGIOU

The Eye Altering is pleased to announce the “Stairway to nothing”, Giorgos Georgiou’s first solo exhibition hosted at the gallery. The Cypriot artist introduces us to his blurry frantic universe of personal records, a visual diary that constitutes hitherto his artistic research. The exhibition is cluttered with pictorial notes of his mundane experiences kept on paper using oil colours, and modifying or creating three-dimensional pieces at times. Objects, animals, gaps and phrases that comprise metaphors of an unfulfilling ordinary life, fragments of his experiences translated into colours and organized in a random way that bucks traditional painting composition.

From Leonardo da Vinci’s Sketchbooks to Keith Haring’s Journals and Frida Kahlo’s Diaries to Vito Acconci’s Room Situation, the artists historically not only used to document their lives and the world around them, but also to create these private spaces for nascent, sometimes unfinished thoughts to be written down or drawn, spaces filled with rough ideas rather than polished ones. However, Georgiou attempts a perilous passage from the intimacy the tiny sketchbook bears-the artists thrust it in their pocket, which contains all the personal notes that form their way of seeing and thinking, to enlarge and expose its raw content to the public sphere as a body of artwork itself.

His artworks deny crossing the threshold of becoming finished art objects in the traditional way, as its core remains obstinately the rough observation and note-taking of the relation between the inside and the outside as well as of that among every single element and the whole. Exploring the parallel trajectory amid artistic production and personal experience, his work rejects any obedience to conventions or standards that force him to suppress any aspect of his personal experience in order to fit the imposed need for meaning-making.

Looking through Georgiou’s visual notes, we are free to indulge in the voyeuristic thrill of observing his personal events, reflections, moods, and pains. In order to interpret them, however, we are condemned to use our own resources, knowledge, and experience, and thus their meaning will always remain open-ended, insoluble and overwhelming, a stairway to nothing.

Stairway to Nothing, Installation View
Stairway to Nothing, Installation View
Giorgos Georgiou, Untitled, 2022, oil on paper, 65 x 50cm
Stairway to Nothing, Installation View
Stairway to Nothing, Installation View
Stairway to Nothing, Installation View
Giorgos Georgiou, Untitled, 2022, oil on paper, 65 x 50cm
OPENING HOURS

Wednesday: 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday: 17:00 - 21:00
Friday: 17:00 - 21:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 15:00
(The indicated opening hours apply during the presentation of exhibitions.)

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