Cities rise and cities fall again; words are spoken and retracted; we meet and talk and things will not be the same again.
PETROSPHERE is part of a series of projects between 5 artists based in Glasgow, and 5 artists based in Athens.
Vibrant, difficult, beautiful, caustic; full of friction and full of life, Athens and Glasgow share strong similarities as catalysts for ideas and places for artists to live and practice. PETROSPHERE became a platform to explore this through two exhibitions curated by the artists themselves.
The first PETROSPHERE exhibition took place in the derelict Hotel Galini, Athens, during ReMap 3, in September /October 2011. The second exhibition was in the basement of the Skypark building, Glasgow, in April /May 2012, during the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. New works – sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, painting, performance, and video. – were developed by the artists for each of the two exhibitions.
PETROSPHERE is an exchange between 5 artists based in Glasgow: Ruth Barker, Helen de Main, Niall Macdonald, James McLardy and Ciara Phillips; and 5 artists based in Athens: Antonakis Christodoulou,Vassilis H, Margarita Myrogianni, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, and Kostas Sahpazis, working across the media of sculpture, installation, performance, works on paper, printmaking, photography and video.
All 10 artists have developed new work specifically for the Galini Hotel, Athens. The exhibition extends beyond this appropriated gallery space through live performance, video screening, and a flyposting campaign, responding to the specific built, political, and artistic context of the city.
Both Glasgow and Athens maintain an energetic presence in the international art world, and are respected as artistic hubs with a strong sense of community, innovation, attitude, and confidence. PETROSPHERE consolidates these links through exchange; bringing together different practices and perspectives to create a voluble, fluent, even contrary artistic dialogue, rooted in the specificity of the physical places that the artists occupy.
PETROSPHERE will be continued through a second exhibition of the 10 artists’ work at Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art (Gi), Scotland, in April 2012.
38 Leonidou (hotel galini), 1st floor