Alexi Tsioris

Work

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Alexi Tsioris produces a cosmos of extremely precise formulations with his works. A specific aspect of reality is conserved in them – the ephemeral, the fleeting. He inscribes in his works a line, which starts where the assumption of an entirety stops, and ends where such an assumption tries to adjust itself again, thus defining a place you assume you have always known, an area without maps; as if you had taken a route that you had always taken, only to find yourself, in the end, in a place you had never been. As such it is a very distinct form of deviation, almost like an unperceived reversal...

It is in the nature of the monotype that during its production the resulting image can be found on the opposite side. The process of drawing is transferred in an inverted, mirror-like relationship into the monotype itself. When the moment, the ‘now’ of the drawing, hides in a place beyond perception, namely a place underneath the tools of inscription (Derrida), it becomes radicalized through the monotype. Since the gesture against the obvious visible is anticipated on multiple levels in Alexi Tsioris’s work, another type of transparency emerges from his monotypes - the ‘blind spot’ of presence appears.

Tsioris’s work finds its materialization – be it in the transferal of the monotype into sculptures or prints – in the moment just before dissolution, thus inserting the non static into the static. An initial idea is mirrored back and forth so often that it slips away entirely: layering and rewriting takes place; vestiges of the process exist under these layers and are kept in their state of dissolution. Tsioris embraces an idea and begins to break it down, to atomise it. He pushes it towards an edge and in the moment when it, the idea, teeters on this edge, threatening to tip over, he creates a form – in the metaphorical sense ‘fuzz and splinters’ emerge.

Busts, heads, portraits all disappear and reassemble themselves from soft, hand-formed bulges, as if all the strands of hair that covered Mary Magdalene’s body had congregated here. Formal and mimetic similarities are avoided. No archetypical pattern of thinking about the head occurs, precise coincidence takes hold, random splinters come together. The history of this sculptural form, this topos, asserts that it has lost its unifying narrative.

A pile of monolithic blocks from dyed silicon, positioned in obstinate shelves reminiscent of an archive, draw a line from what was once a sculpture - perhaps the original idea of a three dimensional thickening – to what Tsioris merely leaves behind as a remainder of it.

To briefly indicate the dimension these works touch upon: the particular finds itself in an always repe- atedly strange relation to the universal; the tears in this relation provide a view into a non-cartographic region of art, there where representation tips into pure presence.

Vita

1982

Alexi Tsioris is born in Athens

(lives and works in Munich)

2002—2009

Studies Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

2008

Masterclass with Professor Nikolaus Gerhart

2009

DAAD scholarship, Tokyo

2011

Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

2019

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, Bildende Kunst (Bavarian Arts Prize, Fine Arts)

Selected Solo Shows

2019

Cosmic Fruits – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2018

Fluss ohne Ufer – Kunstpavillon Alter Botanischer Garten, Munich

Belladonna – Artothek & Bildersaal, Munich

2017

Flaum & Splitter – Galerie Jahn Baaderstrasse, Munich

2015

Attic Studio – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

2014

ARTS – Klosterkirche, Traunstein

2013

Solo – Galerie Weltraum, Munich

2012

Preisausstellung – Akademie der Schönen Künste, Residenz, Munich

2009

Alexi Tsioris – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

2006

Alexi Tsioris – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

Selected Group Shows

2018

40+10+1 – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

The way you read a book is different to how I tell you a story – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2017

Salon International Des Arts Festival De Bobanisme, Paris

2016

Finite Turn – Galerie Jahn Baaderstrasse, Munich

2015

Liquid Havanna – Kunstpavillion, Innsbruck

Arkardenale ´Piep´ – Kunstarkaden, Munich

Weltraumchronik – Rathausgalerie, Munich

2014

Luxxx.Us – Galerie der Künstler, Munich

Summer Show – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

LUXXXUS – V8 Plattform, Karlsruhe

LUXXXUS – Verpackerei, Göritsrid

2013

Das Allerletzte Prof. Winkler Stipendium – Kunstverein, Weiden

2012

Ninja Teenage Mutant Hero Camp – Kunstarkaden, Munich

2011

Korsobad, Hedwig Eberle Matze Görig Alexi Tsioris, Berlin

All I Desire – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

2010

Showroom Müllerstrasse 20 – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

2009

The Lord Wink Award – Biennale, Istanbul

Jahresgaben – Kunstverein, Munich

Tent Modern – Galerie Filser&Gräf, Munich

Das Winkelhuber Stipendium – Weltraum, Munich

2008

Professor Winkelmann Award, Munich

Spitzenwerke der Zeichnung – Sammlung Abstädt, Munich

2007

Ringwanderung – Okinawa

Laboum II – Polen, Warschau / Bressla

Sculptures by… – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

Works on Paper – Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

2006

Pudelkollektion – Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg

Open Art – Rathausgalerie, Munich

Professor Winkelmann Stipendium, Munich

2005

Altes Postgebäude – Klasse Olaf Metzel, Munich

Hotel Mariandl, Munich

2004

U-Bahngalerie, Munich