The Hubs of Stathis Alexopoulos
Hilton Athens in collaboration with curators Els Hanappe and Lazarus Siakos is proud to present the sculpture exhibition by young Greek artist Stathis Alexopoulos, which takes place in the Lobby and Aethrion Lounge of the hotel. Stathis Alexopoulos takes daily objects and classical themes and converts these into contemporary icons, applying a personal technique, characterized by the supposition of bands and ribbons that mummify his subjects, enclosing memory and form. This woven pattern plays an important role in ancient myths, such as the one created by Penelope awaiting Odysseus’ return, but it also refers to the very contemporary notion of ‘hubs’, the knots formed at the many crossings of the various overlapping bands.
For the Hilton Athens, Stathis Alexopoulos has realized a series of new sculptures, including the formidable Aphrodite, the elegant horse heads and the playful guitar and motorbike. His interest in design is apparent through the application of the sculptures that serve as table legs. Stathis Alexopoulos researches new materials and uses these innovative elements, in this case, to produce metallic surfaces.
Stathis Alexopoulos (born in Athens in 1976) lives and works in Athens. He studied Sculpture at the Panormou School of Fine Arts in Tinos and at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Fine and Applied Arts. He graduated in 2009. For the last 15 years, he has continuously participated in group shows, international symposia and he has submitted work to national artistic contests, the result of which can be found in various public spaces.
The exhibition will take place from the 24th of April until the 10th of June 2012. The exhibition is open to the public 24 hours a day and the entrance is free of charge.