Thursday, November 08, 2012

Chronology of Gold

In the summer of 2007, on commission from Casa Vogue, I began researching the life of legendary gallerist Alexander Iolas, and his amazing Villa in the suburb of Agia Paraskevi.

the house was a surreal mix of contemporary art with moder with surrealism with minimalism with antiquities, baroque, fashion, furs, paraphernalia and eccentricities

as a conclusion to the Iolas research, I decided to sneak into the villa
, only to find a golden ruin

ripped gold wallpaper everywhere
gold stair leading nowhere
gold bathrooms

After the forensic photos of the ruined villa, one of the first things I made was a golden ghost of a chair, a frame wrapped in the gold wallpaper Iolas used throughout the villa, 2008
with some leftover fur and marble.
 As if the ghost of Alexander, famous also for his enormous fur coat collection, 2008

suddenly got up and left, 2008

gold became one of the basic vocabularies for a lot of work, 2008

randomly discarded furniture could be brought back to life 
when wrapped in gold, 2008
these were part of both the artistic production but of the everyday life,
as our house became more and more gold 2009

"All the rooms in Villa Iolas arranged as pile of garbage or gold" 2009

parallel, we continued work on the Iolas project,
imagining the destiny of the house as inhabited by Iolas' ghost. 
A ghost that kept piling up rooms to afford space for the ever growing accumulation of imaginary works

more gold wrapped objects kept appearing 2008


big trash 2008
friends were getting married so we made burkinis, 2012

scarfs (bibs?)
 for toasting with the locals


 witness mask profile pic
chapel and golden kiss

after the golden wedding, we continued with the Iolas project
 flipping through the repertory of solutions
preparing to enter the villa through the screen
(short film trailer coming soon)

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