Photography Filep Motwary
Reload the Current Page explores what Anastassiades calls the “contemporary anxieties of the modern Cypriot”. In this installation he celebrates the optimized freedom of creative expression offered by the gallery space, while remaining consistent with his design principles of subtraction, complexity and simplicity. Inspired by natural landscapes and cutting-edge technology, Anastassiades creates a series of objects embodying personal experiences and anxieties. Materials, forms and titles allude to the sociopolitical events that have recently defined Cypriot society and, at the same time, suggest more symbolic, nuanced connections; the artist amplifies the ambiguity evoked by his objects, which remain free from any nostalgic or didactic references.
Anastassiades experiments with a variety of stones from the local geological landscape, such as diabase and sandstone, which he pairs with materials that are often present in his work, such as bronze, glass and wood. Basic geometric forms such as the sphere are constantly used as metaphoric references.
The Kinsky had the chance to visit POINT CENTRE Gallery, just a few hours before the official opening on Friday, January the 31st. For the next three months Point Centre for Contemporary Art will be exhibiting Michael Anastassiades’ latest work Reload the Current Page, an installation of conceptual objects produced for the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition in Cyprus.
From 31 January to 26 April 2014