Antonis Pittas at the Parking Gallery on Wed 4 July, 2012
For the month of July, the Parking Gallery will host an archive and discussion programme running alongside the exhibition If A Tree…, opening on the 5th of July, 2012 at Stevenson Johannesburg. The exhibition sets out to investigate the ripple effects and possible trajectories of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (1997), and forms part of Stevenson’s Trade Routes Project. To launch the events and archival interventions taking place at the Parking Gallery, Antonis Pittas, a visiting artist included in the exhibition, will be giving a talk.
Antonis Pittas, will be giving a talk at:
18.30 on Wednesday 4th July at the VANSA premises.
In his work, Antonis Pittas creates what he calls ‘context-sensitive spatial installations’. These installations, incorporating graphite drawings and sculptural objects, converse with architecture, art-historical references, and the performativity engendered by certain spaces. Time spent relating to a particular site is integral to the artist’s work which is intended to engage in the socio-political energies of a given context. For the exhibition If A Tree… Antonis Pittas will create a new work in response to both the physical and conceptual terrain of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial in 1997. During his stay in Johannesburg, Pittas will be resident at the Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art.
Antonis Pittas’s recent exhibitions include Hessel Museum of Art & CCS Galleries Bard College, NY (2012), Benaki Museum, Athens (2012), Annet Gelink Gallery in Amsterdam (2011), Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen (2011), the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (2010), and SMART Project Space in Amsterdam (2009). Next to his art practice Pittas, for the last four years is a teacher at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and Guest Teacher in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, (2012) and Teacher at Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, (2010).