Craft And Colony: from the Arachnae Series by Aristides Logothetis will present a new large sculpture by New York-based artist Aristides Logothetis created in 2014 that deals with issues related to the many ways visual signs are coded through culture, and then used as support of systems, constructs, and power hierarchies. Emigrating from Greece as a child, Logothetis has had to navigate between joy and anxiety as clashes of culture highlighted the arbitrariness of much of our ordered perception. Since the 1990’s Logothetis has produced a diverse body of work incorporating sculpture, painting, photography, collage, and installation that explore visual perception and its relationship to a reordered, very personal combination of formalism, narrative, process, and metaphor.
From the artist: "These abstracted spiders explore the creature of nature but also the recurring subject in culture: visual, literary, folk, and mythology. While the spider often inspires phobic and even threatening reactions, it nonetheless serves as a frequent symbol and embodiment of the protector and the creator of networks. An interesting variance of symbolism and relationships to the spider exists through different periods and ethnicities: The spider weaves symbolic webs across culture."
About Aristides Logothetis
Aristides Logothetis lives and works in The Bronx. He has exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Duke University, Cue Art Foundation, Longwood Arts Project, Schoolhouse Center for the Arts, and Lehman College among others. Aristides was Resident Artist at the Cue Art Foundation, Schloss Buchsenhausen in Innsbruck, Austria, and Fort George, Annotto Bay, Jamaica. He is the recipient of BRIO individual artist award as well as an LEQSF fellowship and his work resides in collections around the world.
Originally from Athens, Greece, Logothetis, even as a child, was fascinated by the different ways people perceive visual signs. His journey as "other" through society’s normative constructs (class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality) has revealed contradictions, particularly those that are set up as binary oppositions, that have influenced his research. By challenging notions of art versus craft, masculine versus feminine, humor versus phobia or apprehension, Logothetis invites the viewer to enter their complex web of meaning and visually explore, imagining perceptual networks and possibilities.