A Thousand Years of Love – Patrick Michalopoulos : 10.09.14 – 05.10.14







Image courtesy of: Erbil & Michalopoulos, 2013.

Private View: Wednesday 25th September 2013, 6-10 p.m
Exhibition dates: 25th September – 20th October 2013 or by appointment.
First Thursdays late opening: 3rd October, 6-9 p.m
Event: Artist talk: Saturday 5th October at 1 pm.  Free event, no booking required.
Gallery opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 12-6 p.m
Part of Art Licks Weekend: LINK
Art Licks Weekend opening hours:
Thursday 3rd October, 2013, 6-9 pm & Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October, 11 am-6 pm
‘Beyond Duality’ is a two-person show of the work of artists Ismail Erbil and Patrick Michalopoulos at Schwartz Gallery, the artist-curators and founders of the space. Delving intofacets of their collaborative as well as their individual practices the artists will focus on the creation of an expansive site-specific installation intertwining their respective approaches encompassing object and image-making, costume and performance art and video and installation. Overlapping categories of making and testing the boundaries of authorship in the context of collaboration BEYOND DUALITY advances ideas of shared communication and ownership to question idealised notions of objects, spaces and their perceived boundaries.
Taking the form of site specific installations Ismail Erbil’s new works for Beyond Duality investigate cycles of actions though a layering of objects and performative narratives that draw the viewer into environments or zones of experience. Working with reflective, transparent and opaque materials Erbil wraps, veils and conceals objects and surfaces to reconfigure representational devices. Sculptural objects and collages shift and transform evolving along a spectrum of light, a central theme of these works. Concealing the identity of objects in alternating shrouds of light and darkness the artist considers the nature of materiality and amplifies and distorts the experience of objects as vehicles of communication.
Patrick Michalopoulos presents a series of new works for ‘Beyond Duality’ that inhabit a space somewhere between object, photography, collage and performance. Alternating modes of representation leave the viewer to decide where images and objects begin and end questioning the apparatus of representation. Inverting hierarchies and functions of materials reflects the artist’s interest in the articulation of architectural spaces that carry with them psychological structures of human interaction. These scaled-down structures operate on a level akin to that of architectural models yet fall outside their strict parameters alluding to spaces of disembodiment, dislocation and intercepted communications.
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Private View: Wednesday 10th September 2014, 6-9 p.m


Exhibition dates: 10th September – 5th October 2014

Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday 1-6 p.m

 First Thursdays late opening: 2nd October 6-9 p.m


Art Licks Weekend

Preview night: Thursday 2nd October, 6-9 p.m

Festival days:  Friday 3 – Sunday 5 October, 12-6 p.m


‘A Thousand Years of Love’ is a solo exhibition by emerging contemporary artist Patrick Michalopoulos’, his second gallery solo show.  In a departure from previous investigations into sculptural objects Michalopoulos presents painting for the first time. What is carried over into this current body of work is an interest in materiality. A gestural handling of paint imbues the resulting images with a performativity that disrupts yet amplifies the narrative structures which can be seen across the surface of these works.

Recurring symbols or motifs in black and white include human figures, computer screens, snakes, heads, straircases, ships and rail tracks. Interconnected yet disparate the narratives that emerge from their juxtapositions merge with more gestural abstract mark-making to layer the experience of looking. Playfully questioning the boundaries between language and object and functions of the mind and the eye the works’ tension lies in inviting the viewer to construct their own narratives while deconstructing the act of looking.

The boards used for these works retain a utilitarian feel. Primed with blackboard paint and tacked onto unpainted timber frameworks they hover in likeness and size between religious iconography and enigmatic blackboard-like educational devices their surfaces relaying incoherent yet resonant messages and visual clues. The imagery employed by Michalopoulos is reminiscent of the mythological or shamanic playfully unlocking visual and cognitive fields alluding to other-worldly spaces, events and times.


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