exhibition @ about:
Christos Michaelides / Short Floating Acts // solo exhibition
February 28th – April 6th 2013
Christos Michaelides

Opening:Thursday 28th of February 2013, time 20.00
Duration:February 28th – April 6th 2013
Opening hours:
Wednesday-Friday 17:00-21:00, Saturday 12:00-16:00

Short Floating Acts

Christos Michaelides is presenting his 1st solo exhibition at ABOUT:

In a time when painting has already been through a series of ups, downs and reversals, its gradual depreciation since Modernism, its comeback during the postmodern years of the '80s and then once again, its marginalization in the next decade, due to the dominance of the "new "media of photography, video and installations. Still, in recent years, painting rarely concerns the forefront of developments when drawings on paper (pencil, charcoal, ink) have seemingly replaced it. Many perhaps consider painting an old medium, a medium which has exhausted its potential. This exhibition by Christos Michaelides claims its place in this debate about the nature of painting. Truth be told, this is a painting exhibition which has embraced many risks before it was decided that it will be displayed in public. Michaelides unfolds a body of work which refuses to indulge its viewers. It also refuses to follow the –ephemeral- tendencies of fashion dominating locally or abroad.

The exhibition presents a series of large scale paintings, in their majority, where the principal element seems to be geometry. This geometry inclines toward absolute, two-dimensional, ideal shapes at times and at other times toward more architectural spaces, yet there are moments when it seems to be showing the martial architecture of bunkers. All of which equilibrates in a cosmic order, dispersed within the vastness of the sky. Where geometry reveals harsh shapes, the sky and the clouds lead to annihilation. Elsewhere, Michaelides deploys anthropomorphic figurines, non-Euclidean shapes, on his architectural planes. The painting of Christos Michaelides awards the leading role to exploration and philosophical contemplation. It is art which demands the undivided attention of the viewer. And this art, in turn, rewards the viewer in manifold…


Christos Michaelides was born in London in 1983. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens under the supervision of A. Christakis and Y. Kondaratos (2005-2010). He obtained an ERASMOUS scholarship from the National Institution of Scholarships and attended for one term at Slade School of Fine Art UCL, London, UK (2008). He has participated in several group shows.