The Museum of Cycladic Art is currently hosting in its Café the “Archipelago” installation from the Objects of Common Interest Studio, curated by Tina Daskalantonaki, as part of the Cycladic Café Art Project.
The Objects of Common Interest Studio, founded by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, moves between art and design, creating spatial and artistic installations and objects, persisting with materiality and the experience of interacting with the work and the space around it. The source of inspiration for the studio’s work are its two bases in Greece and New York, with its key characteristics being the improvisation and experimentation with materiality and the abstract rendering of a personal poetic expression through ephemeral but also timeless works .
Based on the heritage of the Cycladic culture and the stylized marble statuettes depicting everyday forms or human figures, the installation “Archipelago” comprises a series of sculptures capturing the Studio’s constant exploration with form and materiality.
Solid and heavy sculptural elements are presented here as light, transparent and soft. This material change offers a fresh interpretation of the archaic forms, developing a new relationship with the works and the space in which they are displayed. The “Archipelago” of transparent forms is complemented by a series of light sculptures, linear expressions of glimpses of light passing through the landscape.
The Cycladic Café Art Project
The Cycladic Café Art Project started in 2017 as part of the Museum’s Contemporary Art Programme, combining social spaces with art. Ultimately aiming to embrace the Greek and international contemporary art scene, the Museum presents at its Cycladic Café works of both internationally recognized and emerging artists associated with its current exhibitions and activities. The Cycladic Café Art Project thus supports and motivates an intimate dialogue between art and everyday life.