28 June - 10 July 2016
Joanna Bryant & Julian Page, London
"Non-profits and unconventional displays shine at Art16" - The Art Newspaper
...Independent UK dealers Julian Page and Joanna Bryant, who have no permanent space, are presenting a reproduction of the London-based artist Kostas Synodis’s 160cm-square, windowless sculpture studio—formerly a cupboard...
Across Synodis’s intriguing practice, materials aren’t what they appear to be. Here, a form seems to bend with the suppleness of rubber or foam but is in fact made from hard resin. The taut rope enhances the Greek, London-based sculptor’s trickery—without it, the piece would lose its compelling sense of tension. Like small, compact responses to Richard Serra’s giant minimalist sculptures, Synodis’s works upend the expectations of materials that we think we know the limitations of.
"Novelty: what validates art, if not newness?" - The Boar
‘The artists on display here are definitely ones to watch,’ commented Katherine Savage, a visitor to the show. She talked about Acme by Kostas Synodis:‘It’s witty and cartoonish. It highlights the absurdity of industrial chemical tools.’ Synodis’ other work exhibited, Nine, makes an especially interesting assertion, that something mass-produced loses its value and its beauty.
The below text explores the idea of Novelty in contemporary art as per the exhibition curated by myself and Josh Berry at Asylum, SE15 this weekend gone. NOVELTY There’s a fine line between newness and novelty. It’s a line that divides the illustrious and the new from the tacky. It separates the alluring from that …