Johansson Projects presents Alexi Antoniadis’s recent works in our online viewing room. Most of these works were created in 2022 for the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery titled “Origin Stories,” alongside Alexi Antoniadis, August 27 – October 15, 2022.
In his most recent body of work, Alexi Antoniadis has produced an evocative series of abstract sculptures that he refers to as “physical images.” The sculptural drawings flow effortlessly between visually striking graphic designs when looked at from a single vantage point, to semi-relief 3D objects that shift in meaning and effect as one moves around them.
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15
Antoniadis’s art encompasses the concept of painting, both historical and contemporary, and his deep curiosity with the built environment. Within this context, he explores color, positive and negative space, light and shadow. Every sculpture is riffing off the idea of flatness or the picture plane in some way. He has worked in steel over the last few years because it can behave in so many different ways. In his steel sculptures, he seeks to create the illusion of lightness and delicacy.
In his most recent body of work, Alexi Antoniadis has produced an evocative series of abstract sculptures that he refers to as “physical images.” The sculptural drawings flow effortlessly between visually striking graphic designs when looked at from a single vantage point, to semi-relief 3D objects that shift in meaning and effect as one moves around them. As the artist puts it, “They have a ‘front’ and when viewed from oblique angles the composition dissolves and shows another structure.” These slippery forms depict different players, humorous poetic phrases, and scenes that conjure a stage or a chess board where there is some predetermined yet unpredictable choreography. They exist as if on some unrealized plane between the surface of a canvas and a sculptors bench. Totems, monologues, and geometric structures move in response to the viewer.
Working within historical reverence for artists like Alexander Calder, Francis Picabia, and Fernand Léger, Antoniadis creates these works with the logic and technical craft of a sculptor and the storytelling abilities of a painter. He has created this series in a tiered process, first creating smaller, more immediate and intimately scaled forms that are built quickly to keep pace with his creative hand. These are followed by larger-scaled works that hold a greater corporeal and architectural relationship with our physical, human scale. Somehow, there is no loss in monumentality in between these scales, just more semiotic slippage that floats between materiality and representation, image and object.
BY SAM TOABE
“The drawings in my sketchbook are a major part of my process. I consider them to be records, ideas or plans that I continually reference while making sculpture. In my recent work I’ve been referring to the drawings even more so, allowing them to maintain the energy they have on the sketchbook page.”
About the Artist
Alexi Antoniadis (Born in 1974 in Palo Alto, CA) is a contemporary sculptor who lives and works in Natick, Massachusetts. Antoniadis received his BFA in painting from RISD in 1997. Between 1997-2002 Antoniadis lived in San Francisco where he worked as a trompe l’oeil muralist, working on projects in the Bay Area, Napa County and Mexico. In 2003 Antoniadis returned to his childhood home of Boston, MA and through 2006, became a builder, working on many high end residential projects while also maintaining his painting studio practice. It was during this time that he developed an interest in working in three dimensions and made the transition from painting to sculpture. From 2006-2013 Antoniadis founded the art collaborative, Antoniadis and Stone with fellow artist, Nico Stone. Their sculptural installations were exhibited nationally, included in the 2012 DeCordova Biennial and their work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2013 Antoniadis resumed a solo studio practice and has gone on to develop the painted steel sculptures that he makes today. Antoniadis’ current practice occupies the space between painting and sculpture, combining graphic abstraction and three dimensional line drawing. His work is included in numerous private and corporate art collections in the US. In the spring of 2018, Antoniadis was commissioned by Fruitlands Museum, Harvard MA, to produce a large outdoor sculpture. Antoniadis continues to exhibit his work and create privately commissioned works.