exhibition
07/02/18
I used to build my feelings, now I watch them leave. a selection of works by Andreas Angelidakis
Andreas Angelidakis, Vessel 2016

Drawing on two main sources of inspiration – the city of Athens and the Internet –, the work of Andreas Angelidakis deals with ‘antiquity’ and ‘ruin’, whether they be ancient or modern; real or virtual. His animated videos and 3D-printed ornaments generally rely on existing buildings and digital artifacts that often look dated or disposable, but which operate as allegories of architectural and historical conditions. In films like Vessel, Domesticated Mountain, and TROLL or the Voluntary Ruin, Angelidakis gives buildings a voice, treating them as if they were anthropomorphic creatures driven by their own internal desires. Though forms of repression (financial, technological, social, or sexual) and the structural shock of crisis have rendered these edifices silent and obsolete, Angelidakis presents them as ruins, nature, or specters – half building, half something else. Far from being inert, these ‘living’ buildings have emancipated themselves as they transition into a state of timelessness. Ultimately, they will overcome the false cult of progress and futurity.

Angelidakis is less interested in architecture as the fixed materialisation of a design into a built reality than as an immaterial idea that floats and transforms through the different vectors of an evolving society, continually producing affections and feelings of the lived body. At La Loge, Angelidakis will create a specific situation to look at a selection of films and bibelots, using the same narrative strategies he might have used to look at buildings and cities. By doing so, the exhibition might excavate the subconscious aspects embedded in the work, while offering a glimpse into the artist’s psyche. His proposal might not only unearth processes of fantasy and construction but also offer room for personal memories and references to guide the work.

about the artist

Andreas Angelidakis was born in Athens in 1968. He studied Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and was trained as an architect at Columbia University in New York where he graduated in 1995. Recent solo exhibitions include Soft Ruin in ALT Art Space, Istanbul (2016) in which the artist pondered over simulated ruins immune to decay, 1:1 Period Rooms at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (2015), an installation using period rooms from the collection of the Amsterdam Museum, and Every End is a Beginning, the artist’s 2014 retrospective at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST). In 2015 he participated in the first edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial with a series of bibelots, and in 2014 he made the Preliminary Statement for the 8th Berlin Biennial Kunstwerke in Berlin with CrashPad, a multi-purpose room with a library drawing upon the idea of the nineteenth-century salon. He has curated exhibitions including Fin de Siècle at the Swiss Institute in New York (2014), an eclectic and theatrical show including 43 iconic chairs, and The System of Objects, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2013), inspired by Inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s seminal 1968 book.

Practical information

opening
Wednesday 7 February 2018
18:00 to 21:00

exhibition
07/02/18 – 24/03/18

opening hours
Thursday-Saturday
12:00 to 18:00

free entrance