text written for the exhibition «Fever of the Antique» project title «A Few Notes for the Day that is Gone» Association of Greek Archaeologists, 2013, Athens

 

curator: Evangelia Ledaki

The work of Alexander Laios, which is made especially for the exhibition, is a melancholy contemplation of the fleeting moment, as it describes a lasting orbit, always elliptical and fluid. A found carved wooden stick placed next to the hereupon made of marble before encountered. The juxtaposition highlights a substrate affinities and conflictive weaves, emphasizes the reciprocal relationship of the two objects, their decompensation: introduces a poetic about the signs of time, seniority and symbolic investment materials. Laios contemplates kaleidoscopically the historicity of the two -the marble and wood and rewrites the expected genealogy. Archaeology handed us the timelessness of carving of minerals, which traditional woodcarving applied as a pattern on a variety of versions and transformations.

Here, the artist intervenes in linearity brings interrelation of materiality with the temporality (durability, strength, thus the historicity of materials) and lists wood –containing water, perishable, always returning to the organic reconstruction – as an initial condition, as prototype. To put it in current terms, initializes genealogy and denies archaeological deliverable as model and reference point. Sets, so new parameters in the relationship of material and notes that the remains of the day passed are those events that managed to penetrate the perception and leave mark in time, in memory, but are not all that really happened the day that passed. The notes were the cross-section of the sequence – the sequence to that format the jumble of events, materiality and presence •  left through the theater filter, this blue film concluded more than two rods, crawl through the captivating atmosphere of obscuration and erosion.

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