Arusha Gallery are delighted to be presenting Ekphrasis by Lara Davies and Eleanor McCullough at Art Athina 2019.
The presentation explores the idea and practical function of representation, inspiration and re-appropriation. In her new series Books, Davis turns to record her studio heroes, the postcards pinned to the walls, significant posters and pages from much-thumbed artists books. She photographs them with her phone and then turns them into paintings-screen glare and all. Reintroducing the work via the editor/artist/consumer gaze.
Sitting alongside these paintings is recent work by McCullough, an artist doubling as an archivist and art handler, who considers the problematic of originality and the status of the copy. Navigating our image-saturated culture of excess through prints, paintings, casts, and texts, she challenges the 'problem' of a copy-as-a-work-of-art, proves the creative potential of multiplicity, and proposes the inadequacy of the still-dominant discourse of originality.
'The 24th edition of Art Athina will reconvene in the heart of Athens in September 2019. The biggest annual cultural event of Greece, which has reached institutional prominence, will take place between the 13th-16th of September at Zappeion Mansion under the Auspices of H. E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
One of the oldest art fairs in Europe, Art Athina has been active since its establishment by the Panhellenic Art Galleries Association in 1993. Its strong institutional presence is realized today equally by the art fair itself, hosting Greek and international galleries, but also by its parallel program during the fair and its all year round programme'