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Jülicher Straße 14
Di–Fr 13 –18, Sa 11–16




(Kostis Velonis, Peasants on alert, 2007
Singing sovietness: what they did to our souls, 2007)


As a sculptor, Kostis Velonis (1968) creates fragile constellations of objects, in which he tests the balance of bodies, places large next to small, and combines industrially made products with unformed materials. In his works the Greek artist explores modernist architecture and functional design, and adds imaginary plots that often come into play via the titles of the works. Velonis’ sculptural arrangements overcome axes of time and geography, because they connect the fleeting memory of the original materials and the many narrative threads they unfold with the presence of the materials at hand. Sometimes they act space consuming, are auratic, and investigate collective cultural knowledge, while the next moment they appear antimonumental, making room for individual sensibilities and the subject’s world of emotion and experience, for his moods, fears, and dreams. The tableaux of objects, some of which Velonis shows at BQ, seem to be situatively erected still lifes that offer the viewer many different possible ways to access them.


EDUCATION

2003- PhD candidate (Architecture), N.T.U.A University Athens
1999-2000 Cultural Studies, London Consortium (Birkbeck College, ICA, AA, 2000)
1994-97 Visual Arts, Paris VIII University


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2005

Blind Date, Kamm Galerie, (with Katharina Jahnke), Berlin
The Breeder Gallery, (with Katharina Jahnke), Athen

2004

Bauhaus is not our House, The Breeder Gallery


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2006

Don Quijote, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
The Grand promenade, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Give(a)way, EV+A Biennial, Limerick, Ireland
An Outing, Beltsios Collection, Trikala
Poetry in the backyard, Art-Concept Gallery, Paris
The Collection-Nikos Alexiou, Mac Gallery, XXII International Festival, Sarajevo

2005

Beyond Stereotypes, Art Caucasus 05, Georgia
Architectural Transparencies, Ileana Tounta gallery
Liste, Young Art Fair, Basel
Lost in Translation, Hellenic American Union
Resemblance Somehow, Benakis Museum

www.velonis.org