Argianas' interdisciplinary practice encompasses sculpture, painting, text, performance and music. His work draws on his musical background and is concerned with the physicality of sculpture and the immateriality of performed lyrics or poetry. Interested in how a song can physically occupy a space, or how a natural form can generate a piece of music, Argianas employs clay as a cast material, transforming it into electroformed copper or jesmonite to create reliefs based on poems and the structure and cycle of songs.
During his residency at Camden Arts Centre, Argianas will continue to explore aural and affective forms, developing a series of functional objects that operate as stages and support structures for music to be enacted, and which draw on his research into modernism and functional design that informed his earliest works.
As part of the Fellowship, Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire will host Argianas’ for a period of three weeks in March 2019.
The Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship was launched in 2017 and offers an annual residency at Camden Arts Centre, followed by an exhibition. Argianas is the second recipient of the Fellowship.
Supported by Freelands Foundation
Athanasios Argianas (b. 1976) is a Greek and British artist living and working in London and Athens. Solo exhibitions and performances include: EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (The Length of a Strand of Your Hair, of the Width of Your Arms, Unfolded, 2010), The Barbican Art Gallery, London (The Length of Your Arms Unfolded, 2011) and The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, The Serpentine Gallery, London (We All Turn This Way, with Nick Laessing, 2008) Notable group shows include: Kunsthalle Wien, (The Promise of Total Automation), GAM Milano, Villa Reale, Milan, Fondazione Prada, Ca Corner, Venice (Art or Sound), The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St Louis, MO, Centre Rhénan d'Art Contemporain / CRAC Alsace, Arnolfini, Bristol and Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (Pale Carnage), Art Now, Tate Britain, London (Art Now Live), and La Galerie Noisy Le Sec, Paris, Eastside Projects, Birmingham. In 2012 his work was featured in The Imminence of Poetics – The 30th Biennale of Sao Paulo, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Brazil, in 2013 at PERFORMA 13 Biennial New York, and in 2017 at Antidoron, at Documenta14, Fridericianum, Kassel. He has also participated in the 2nd Athens Biennale, The 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale, and the 1st Prague Biennale. Argianas’ runs Daedalus Street with Rowena Hughes, a project facilitating the development of new artworks by invited artists in their studio in Athens.