Human body has played a fundamental role in my artistic - investigative procedure.
There is deconstruction of shapes: decollage - detachment - incision, movement - time, dissolution, flow and reattachment, that results to the reconstruction of the figures and shapes by forming hybrid representations. A post-pop colorful palette is employed which, in terms of content, is represented through a dialogue with the works of the history of art. These works share a semantic relevance with that of the contemporary era (like Albrecht Durer’s “The four Riders of the Apocalypse” or “Adam and Eve”), so as to be at the same time both contemporary and timeless.
The reformation that they undergo, passes through a procedure of violence
and defilement in painting, which highlights the human evolution occurring in culture simultaneously with that of violence. Bodies being corroded, bodies of post-species and post-tribe.
There is a reference to the aesthetic of violence through these works; it is an irony that derives from the moralization of the warrior, which is engrossed by history intentionally for reasons of propaganda. The new hybrid manifolds that emerge from the deconstruction and the reformulation of these shapes, seek for their own autonomy, the release from their initial origin, while creating at the same time new narratives. The meaning of the word hybrid has to do with the actual transfer of the value from a symbol to a signifier. The bodies become actual hybrid scarecrows of human existence; they are destined to construct lives with materials either of dreams or of nightmares.
POST POP SOFT BLUES
Christina Papaioannou’s paintings act as a magician’s trick.
Inside the hat, we have a waterfall of contemporary information which is mixed in a cosmic soup with painting fragments, bright fluo colours, gestural expression, cloisonné outlines, figurative forms, botanical elements and lots of randomness.
The outcome leads to visual journeys through colorful fields of reconstructed reality, that invite the eye to see through the artist’s whole new, wonderful, kaleidoscopic world.
Dr. Faye Tzanetoulakou (art historian, Aristotle University PhD, special secretary of AICA Hellas – Hellenic Association of Art Critics)
100 x 120m Acrylics on canvas 2021
Durer’s "Apocalypse" in an indistinct continuum of disconnected images as a symbolic metonymy of the historical crossroads humanity is currently facing. An imagery exaggerating the meaning of the incident at the expense of the whole. A window recording the events of “there” and at the same time, a window reflecting the events of the “inside”.
Acrylics, graphite and acrylic spray on canvas.
Neon Collective Trauma
50 x 50m
Acrylics, graphite, silver leaf and acrylic spray on canvas.
150 x 150cm
Acrylics and ink on canvas.