The Breeder presents six young Greek artists in the group exhibition Looking Forward.These are the artists that stood out from the continuous research that the gallery is conducting for the renewal of its program, so that it remains contemporary and relevant. Participating artists are: DAFNI BARBAGEORGOPOULOU, VASSILIS H, HOPE, MARIA KACHRAMANOGLOU,YORGOS STAMKOPOULOS, CATHERINE VAFIAS.
Dafni Barbageorgopoulou (Johannesburg 1977) lives and works in Berlin and is a graduate of the Royal College in London (ΜΑ in Sculpture) and of the School of Fine Arts in Athens. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions in Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2010) and Galerie Akinci in Amsterdam (2011). Barbageorgopoulou has participated in many group shows in Greece and abroad among which are New Contemporaries in London (2006) and the exhibition “Contemporary Greek Art Scene” (2007) curated by Nadia Argyropoulou in Helexpo’s Garage during Art Athina. Dafni Barbageorgopoulou’s sculptures draw a line between two different approaches, researching the interrelationship of poetry with mathematics and the notion of identification into scope. The objects-installations realized through this research process are occupied by elements of repetition, rhythm, geometry, aggression, fragility and spatial expansion.
Vassilis H (Athens 1977) lives and works in Athens and is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Athens and of the Sheffield College of Arts (UK). He has presented his work in the solo exhibition Iconomachia in Michael Steinberg Fine Art Project Space, New York, 2009 and in Black Tan Fantasy, with George Theodorides, Remap 2, curated by Galini Noti 2007, as well as in many group exhibitions in Athens and abroad. His installations combine sculpture with painting and photography. Vassilis H’ work explores the philosophy and the formalistic aspects of the Modernist Movement (Bauhaus, Russian Avant-garde) within the context of free association and re-composition.
HOPE Is a street artist and has stood out with his interventions on the streets of Athens. Solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Athena, K44 and gallery KNOT in Athens and Starter gallery in Dresden. He recently participated in NY Art Book Fair that took place in MOMA, New York with his publication “thesewarsareoutburstofhypnosisonlythemasksareforreal” (2009), as part of the curated exhibition “Journal of Aesthetics and Protest”. His practice is multi-faceted (posters, collage, installation, performance, fanzines). HOPE uses elements and imagery from antiquity while he is inspired from the contemporary urban environment.
Maria Kachramanoglou (Athens, 1980) is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Athens and of the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna. She lives and works in Athens. Group shows include: “From the Future, We Come” in Sarantopoulos Myloi in Pireaus, 2009, “True Romance” at The Breeder in 2007 and the exhibition “Exchanging Recipes” in Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna in 2006. Archetypes and religious symbols can be found in the work of Kachramanoglou, that also has many historical and personal references. The unexpected combination of materials like plaster and clay with foreign to them objects or colors underlies the battle between the permanent and the temporary.
Yorgos Stamkopoulos (Katerini, 1983) is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Athens and of Univesrität der Kunste in Berlin and is also a scholar of the Onassis Foundation. Among the shows that he has participated are: The Bar in Kunsthalle Athena (2009), ΧΥΖ Outlet #10, the exhibition “Abstract” in the Forgotten Bar Project in Berlin, Spring Exhibition, in Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and the exhibiton “XXIX Certamen de Minicuadros “ in Museo del Calzado in Alicante (2008). Using airbrush Stamkopoulos creates paintings and murals that stand out for the fluorescent coloration and explore the limits of abstract expressionism.
Catherine Vafias is based in Athens and is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and Middlesex University in London. Her photographic approach transcends the conventional representation and creates imagery that combines the natural world with a kaleidoscopic surreal dimension.