Caryons (Walnut), 2019 (each): £200
Caryons (Cypress Seed), 2019: £150
Karyon, the component of the words Eukaryotic or Prokaryotic cells, signifies a nucleus, the word itself means shell, nut. A copper dressed walnut with half of its shell opened, rendering the brain-like content visible. In contrast, the form of the Cypress seed cones is very geometric and symmetrical, alluding to human-made structures. Humans are made up of around 50 % non-human cells, bacteria, prokaryotes as we find out today, an idea of symbiosis.
Athanasios is the second recipient of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship 2018-2019. During his residency at Camden Arts Centre, Argianas will continue to explore aural and affective forms, developing a series of functional objects that operate as stages and support structures for music to be enacted, and which draw on his research into modernism and functional design that informed his earliest works.
Athanasios Argianas (b. 1976, Athens) lives and works in London and Athens since 1997. Argianas recent exhibitions include: Line, Lisson Gallery, London, The Promise Of Total Automation, Kunsthalle Wien Antidoron, Documenta 14 at Friedricianum, Kassel, readingmachinesmovingmachines (solo) at On Stellar Rays, New York, Art Of Sound, at Fondazione Prada, Ca Corner, Venice, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St Louis, MO. In 2012 his work was featured in The Imminence of Poetics – The 30th Biennale of Sao Paulo, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Brazil, and at PERFORMA 13 New York a year later. Argianas runs Daedalus Street with Rowena Hughes, a project facilitating the development of new artworks by invited artists in their studio in Athens.