Scetches by Greek artist Christiana Soulou show imaginary beings in a new exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ.
Christiana Soulou, “Le devoreur d’ombres“, 2013, coloured pencil on paper, 8.2 x 11.8 inches / 21 x 30 cm, © Christiana Soulou, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin & Sadie Coles HQ, London.
“The Book of Imaginary Beings after Jorge Luis Borges” that was shown at the Venice Biennale before, will be presented by Sadie Coles HQ gallery in West London from the 26th of January on.
Discover the character of unreality in Soulou’s drawings of strange creatures created by human imagination throughout history. The exhibition will be free to audiences and will remain open from 26 January-20 February. (More details can be found down below).
The exhibition consists of nearly 50 drawings created over the space of two years and greatly inspired by Soulou’s love and admiration of Jorge Luis Borges and Margarita Guerrero’s book “The Imaginary beings” (1957). However Soulou’s work does not simply focus on imaginary beings but also on Borges passion; lines, surface and points.
Soulu refers to it as “The line is a feeling that opens up space. It expands space and distends space. The line goes through space and splits it.” The drawings are an extension of Soulou’s project; her book where she shares her writings about Borge.
Many of Soulou’s drawings depict animals that can be found in real life. However she adds a touch of imagination that makes her audience reconsider the things they already know. “To say that this is a crocodile is as absurd as to say that this is not a crocodile (because it ends as a lion)”, says Soulou.
In contrast to Borge’s work where he uses monsters that are exclusive to the world of language Soulou’s creatures are believable in shape and character. Made in coloured pencil the drawings look timeless but precise.
Soulou was born in Athens, Greece but completed her education in Paris at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Her solo shows include; Les enfants terribles, Jean Cocteau, Galerie de France, Paris (2015), and those at Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2012), Sadie Coles HQ, London (2011), Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (2010), and Bernier/Eliades, Athens (2010). Group exhibitions include Salon du Dessin 2014, Palais Brongniart – Place de la Bourse, Paris (2014); Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013); The System of Objects, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2013), and Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York (2010).
26 January – 20 February 2016
62 Kingly Street London W1B 5QN
Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 6pm
Closest underground station:
Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus
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Words: Karina Girnyte
Images by: Christiana Soulou, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin & Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Edited by: Diana Odero