John Cage used the word approximation “because a measuring mind can never finally measure nature.” Even though the random elements in our world are supposedly about the absence of logic and reason or about elements without a definite aim or pattern, everything tends to fall into patterns. Or is it perhaps so that we humans have the ability to create patterns, meaning and coherence?
We measure, we construct common laws, we try to control and explain. When something breaks the existing boundaries – we simply create new explanations.
Randomness within art broke the barriers of how things must be and made our perception – or acceptance – wider, and we found new approaches to experiencing art. For the exhibition Paper, scissors, stone, four artists use paper as the common material, but their work also allows one to explore different notions of randomness.
Andreas Zymvragos (GR) is fixating the randomness of nature, like in a still image; natural phenomena like the clouds or the waves follow a specific pattern decided by their own matter, but are never exactly the same, while Barbara Knight (UK/US) lets the packages that she comes across from her different travels be the raw material of her collages and decide the final form, positioned on a larger paper almost randomly, creating abstract compositions. Antonis Choudalakis’ (GR) technique with ink does not allow even one line to be somewhere where it should not be, but at the same time he draws his inspiration from random faces he collected from newspapers during his stay in Stockholm which he combined with cabinet portraits of Swedes from the 1890s. SofiaVlazaki´s (GR) compositions, which might look random at first glance, give the viewers narrative resources for creating their own story, always originating from the performance of children playing.
Curated by Sofia Mavroudis
Download the catalogue hereBarbara Knight, Kitty Hawk, mixed media on paper, 2013 Sofia Vlazaki, Oil lamp, 2013, installation view Sofia Vlazaki, installation view Sofia Vlazaki, installation view Antonis Choudalakis, installation view Antonis Choudalakis, Birgit Bidder, ink on paper, 2011 Andreas Zymvragos, Clouds, 2010, pentaptych, installation view Andreas Zymvragos, Clouds, pencil on paper, 2010, detail Andreas Zymvragos, Variations on a sea I, II, III, pencils on rice paper, 2013, installation view Paper, scissors, stone, installation view The catalogue