A wall-to-wall installation of 100 museum-style portraits by 57 artists
CV aka Constantine Vraziotis - "Anja", Acrylics on canvas, 50x50 cm | "Shemale", Acrylics on canvas, 50x50 cm
Portrait Cabinet offers a very fresh and radically alternative approach to a common and ever-popular art theme: portraiture.
Attempting to redefine the concept of portraiture through the application of contemporary references, the show features 57 artists and over 100 especially-created artworks. The disparate mix of artists results in a diverse, open dialogue that challenges the parochial nature of the portrait and at the same time to the creation of a communal work that transcends the sum of its parts.
Queen of Stuff - "Local House of Cards", Diptych, "Lad & Lass" series, Cheap acrylic on cheap canvas, 30x60 cm
The artists were limited to using the square format to produce their works, with dimensions ranging between 30x30 cm to 80x80 cm. The showroom is rendered museum-like, not only by the tight hanging of the works but by the floor to ceiling application of dark green fabric on the entire space. The curatorial approach is theatrical (rightly so, with curator George Lintzeris also being an expert set designer) making the end result resemble more of a giant installation by a single –and avidly compulsive- artist, rather than your average group show.
Mariana Cute - "Mr Heti", Print on fabric, 30x30 cm | "Mr Serius", Print on fabric, 30x30 cm
Participating artists: Alexandra Kollaros, Alexandros Maganiotis, Andreas Vousouras, Angie Karatza, Anna Kaneli, Anna Maneta, Annetta Spanoudaki, Apostolopoulou Giota, Babis Karalis, Christos Tzovaras, Chryssa Lambrakopoulou, CV aka Constantine Vraziotis, Danae Vlachou, Dimitris Georgakopoulos, Dionysis Pappas, Eirini Diadou, Eleanna Martinou, Elena Kirkili, Eleni Mylonas, Erietta Markandonatou, Fotini Kapiris, George Georgakopoulos, George Lintzeris, George Raptis, George Striftaris, Giorgos Kallas, Giannis Kardasis, Giannis Koutroulis, Guram Chachanidze, Ilias Mavrotas, Ismini Bonatsou, Kyriakos Papageorgiou, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, Lina Bebi, Manos Chrysovergis, Maria Andonatou, Maria Ilia, Maria Tsimbourla, Mariana Cute, Marina Provatidou, Michalil Romanos, NAR, Natassa Poulantza, Nikos Giavropoulos, Panagiota Kokorou, Petroula Krigkou, Sally Heard, Socrates Argeitis, Tasos Liakopoulos, Thanasis Pappas, Ulrike Lekkas, Valia Gouzia, Vasso Papandreou, Vasso Pouridou, Vassilis Theos, Voula Ferendinou, Zohs Karabotsios.
Concept & curation: George Lintzeris
SOX - Untitled, Pencil on Bristol Paper, 30x30 cm | Vassilis Theos - Selfie, Acrylics on canvas, 60x60 cm
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Ismini Bonatsou - "Focus", Mixed media on wood, 40x40 cm | Eleanna Martinou - "Prosopon IV", Oil on melamine, 80x80 cm)
Make sure not to miss the Private View on Friday 1 April 2016, at 20:00. Alternatively, you can visit it at the CHEAPART space (25 A.Metaxa, Athens) through to 24 April 2016.