The Unknown Side

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Rena Papaspyrou (Athens, 1938) produces images to be activated by the viewer’s own associations. From the mid-nineteen sixties to the present day, the materiality of architectural and urban space has been at the heart of the artist’s practice.

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The Unknown Side | By Rena Papaspyrou

The Unknown Side | A publication that documents the latest project by Rena Papaspyrou. Materiality of architectural and urban space remains at the heart of her artistic practice, producing images to be activated by the viewer’s own associations.

Through a creative reconnaissance of the micro-elements of material structure and a perception of the surface as a medium for states and events, Rena Papaspyrou (Athens, 1938) produces images to be activated by the viewer’s own associations. From the mid-nineteen sixties to the present day, the materiality of architectural and urban space has been at the heart of the artist’s practice. Creating ‘episodes in matter’ and ‘images in matter’, Papaspyrou produces abstract mosaics of stone and glass; draws on a variety of mediums (readymade wood, wall panel, asphalt, mosaic tile); compiles samplers of materials salvaged from the streets; moulds staircases in paper; removes sections of wall from abandoned houses, probing into their secrets. The city is her studio. In Papaspyrou’s practice, the creative act manifests itself in a variety of mediums – painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, video, photography.

The publication Vryaxidos 11 and Aspasias: Images Behind Matter accompanies the eponymous installation by Rena Papaspyrou, scheduled to go on view at the Onassis Stegi in fall 2021. The artist has mounted, on a corner wall of her own design, a number of panels – wall sections detached from an abandoned house in Pangrati. These fragments reveal the unseen sides of these exterior walls; several show traces of graffiti, stratification, and marks accumulated over time. Realised during the lockdown, this project is a journal – the reconstruction of a wall that never was.

Format: Softcover
Size: 215 x 280 mm
Pages: 240
Illustrations: Full color photography

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The Unknown Side

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Rena Papaspyrou (Athens, 1938) produces images to be activated by the viewer’s own associations. From the mid-nineteen sixties to the present day, the materiality of architectural and urban space has been at the heart of the artist’s practice.