Alexi Antoniadis

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. 

Portal (2022), Painted steel, 12.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
A Bit Much (2022), Painted steel, 24.5 x 15 x 3 inches
Painter (2022), Painted steel, 29.5 x 15.5 x 8 inches

Alexi Antoniadis

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.

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Above: Moonflower Masquerade (2022), Painted steel, 19.5 x 13 x 7.5 inches

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"Working with 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."





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

Cipher II (2019), Painted steel, 54 x 39 x 27 inches
Totem (2022), Painted steel, 24 x 7 x 4.5 inches
Open Book (2022), Painted steel, 17.75 x 12.5 x 7 inches

“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.”

Painter (2022), Painted steel, 29.5 x 15.5 x 8 inches
Daydream (2022), Painted steel, 29.5 x 15.5 x inches
Intersection (2022), Painted steel, 16 x 12 x 4.25 inches

About the Artist