Athanasios Argianas, Paper Through Wood, Wood through Paper,2010

Athanasios Argianas – The Length Of A Strand Of Your Hair, Of The Width Of Your Arms, Unfolded

Athens Conservatoire - Project Room

Οn the 24th of June, ΕΜST is inaugurating the new work The Length Of A Strand Of Your Hair, Of The Width Of Your Arms, Unfolded by Athanasios Argianas in the framework of the series EMST Commissions 2010, new works commissioned by the museum for the Project Room realized with the kind support of Bombay Sapphire gin.

Athanasios Argianas uses different artistic mediums and creates works that examine the relationship between visual and music language. Many of his works refer to non-linear time, memory and the way we process and translate information.

The work entitled The Length Of A Strand Of Your Hair, Of The Width Of Your Arms, Unfolded is an installation that consists of two small copper-brass-silver mobiles (Unstable Objects) modeled after tree branches and hung in the middle of the space. These sculptures interrupt two projections, which in turn project their shadows on the projection screens. The projection itself is then interrupted at intervals, when a man’s shadow walks in the light and reads out a text from a piece of paper, written by the artist himself. Three other pieces made of gilt branches and paper, are also hovering in between the other sculptures. All sculptural elements are suspended in their place by one single chain that ends in a cast. The weight of that cast is holding the whole installation in place, creating a form that resembles a constellation. The arborescent element as well as the piece of paper, appears in different parts of the work, while the text that the man reads offers a key for understanding the work. Argianas is inspired by mathematics, quantum mechanics and Zenon’s paradox and treats systems of measuring lightness, temperature and weightiness.

Curated by Daphne Vitali


Athanasios Argianas was born in Athens in 1976. After studying at the school of fine art in Thessaloniki, Greece, he continued his studies in Dusseldorf with professor Jannis Kounelis for one year and completed his MA at Goldsmiths College, London in 2005. Argianas has had solo exhibitions at Max Wigram Gallery (London), The Breeder (Athens), La Chambre, Xippas, (Paris), Faye Flemming & Partner (Geneva) and two person-shows at Arcade Fine Arts, (London) and The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (London) where he also presented Manifesto Of Nondurational Time at the 2008 Manifesto Marathon curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. He was selected by Diana Baldon to participate in Heaven the 2nd Athens Biennial (Athens), and was shortlisted for the 2009 Deste Prize. His work has been shown in public institutions including Arnolfini (Bristol), DCA Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee), Kunsthalle Wien Project Space (Vienna), Eastside Projects (Birmingham), and La Galerie, Noisy-Le-Sec (Paris). He lives and works in London.


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