Zoe Keramea: art exhibition at the Hilton Athens
Zoe Keramea, a renowned “ambassador” of images, has made an impact on contemporary art, discovering through her own personal style folded surfaces into sculpture, printmaking, drawing and ceramic art. From the 27th of January until the 25th of March 2012 she is inviting us into her creative world on the occasion of her impressive artworks that will be exhibited at the lobby and Aethrion Lounge of the Hilton Athens. These artworks are structures made of paper adapted to the space and world of the Hilton Athens, as well as works on the wall, among which nine intricate patterns that the artist used in Mandala Memory HD, a digital game created for iPad.
Zoe Keramea is an artist who explores enfolded surfaces using sculpture, printmaking, drawing and ceramics. She was born in Athens, Greece in 1955 and graduated from the Universität der Künste in Berlin with a Meisterschülerin Degree in 1981.In 1989 she was awarded a Fulbright Grant for independent research in printmaking to work on her new intaglio printing technique, “zoetype”, in New York. She has shown her work in numerous individual and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, taught workshops in universities and museums and published numerous artist’s books.The digital version of her Mandala Memory game, including 54 paper cut-out images, presented by The Dukode Studio NY, is available as an App at the iTunes App Store. It was awarded a 3rd place prize in Best App Ever Awards 2010. She lives and works in Athens and New York.
Her artworks, restless, nervous and a combination of bold, intense surfaces, often create a three-dimensional illusion out of the two-dimensional space of the paper. Then again, two dimensional stripes of paper are folded into multiple-surfaced structures sewn together to create intricate sculptures. Their completion, which in the beginning seems impossible, is carried out with intense effort and a lot of patient work. Love, social activism, the street subcultures, religion, existential questions, all these are commented through her gesture-like drawing and her recognizable geometrical structures. In these times of velocity and underground crossroads, the well-known visual artist loves living in New York, as she fits with the city’s intense pace, its streets’ vibration, its music, its originalities, the thousand stimuli that are absorbed and expressed through her work. On the other hand, she expresses that life is intriguing anywhere you are.
This solo presentation by Zoe Keramea is the fifth show curated by Els Hanappe and Lazarus N. Siakos in a series of art interventions especially conceived for the Hilton Athens. For more information regarding Zoe Keramea, you can visit www.zoekeramea.com
Her most recent individual exhibitions are:
- Zoe Keramea - Geometry of Paradox, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2005
- Ringknot – A Woven Line, South Street Seaport, New York, 2006 (part of The Big Draw New York presented by The Drawing Center and River to River Festival, New York)
- Entanglements, Dietzspace, New York, NY, 2008
- Zoe Keramea: Spiky – Drawings and Modular Sculptures, Kouros Gallery,
New York, NY, 2011
Some recent participations in exhibitions are:
- XRAAATS! Paper Fashion, Benaki Museum, Athens 2007
- RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion, MUDAM - Musee d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg 2008-09
and Benaki Museum, Athens 2007
- Contemporary Drawings, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2009
- ReMap 2 , Athens 2009
- FAX, Traveling exhibition organized by The Drawing Center and iCI - Independent Curators International, New York, NY 2009 -2012
- Celebration, Museum Alex Mylona, Athens 2010
- Greek Artist’s books, Art Athina 2010, Athens
- Polyglossia, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens 2011
A few words regarding Els Hanappe, the curator of the exhibition:
She studied art history in Gent, Belgium. She has been based in Athens for almost 15 years, working in the field of contemporary art. She directs ITYS, a private initiative that aims to bring thought back into art. ITYS so far has organized two group shows in collaboration with the National Bank Cultural Foundation, ‘Selective Knowledge’ in 2008, and “Vlassis Caniaris In Contrapunto” in 2009. Since 2008, she has been developing a creative management office that links art with the private world, which resulted into the opening of SIAKOS.HANAPPE – House of Art, a commercial art space in Glyfada that shows contemporary art in curatorial settings that include objects and antiques.