Kostis Velonis

Revolution Essentielle, 2009

1000* Euro

In his sculptures and objects, which are primarily made of wood, Kostis Velonis (born 1968, lives in Athens) draws on the visual vocabulary of Constructivism and makes specific references to 1920s architecture, as well as to Popova’s stage designs and to the work of Gustav Klutsis. His central theme is political utopias and the consequences of their failure. His large-scale installations provided the framework for the additive exhibition concept on the upper floor of the Kunstverein in 2009. For the Kunstverein’s current annual limited editions he has produced a series of ten original drawings that contain bits of wood veneer, cut-up photographs and newspaper clippings. In poetic, delicate images, they create dream-like worlds where mythical creatures meet wild explosions of colour. Narrative titles such as "Craft makes the Universe" and "Dear I am not Coming Home Tonight" provide ironic comments that open up a host of associations and suggest certain ways of reading the images. 

The first solo show of Kostis Velonis’s work in Germany was presented by the Kunstverein Hamburg in 2009. He has also exhibited at the Athens Biennale (2009), the Brussels Biennial (2008) and at the Witte de White, Rotterdam (2006).