Petros Chrisostomou

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Born in 1981 in London (UK). Lives and works in New York (US).
www.petrosc.com
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 
Linda R. Silverman Fine Art, New York
2011 
“Pandora”, Spring Projects, London
2008 
Galerie Xippas, Athens
2007 
Galerie Xippas, Paris
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
2015 
“Miscellaneous and Blended: Art from NYC”, Museo De Arte De Sinaloa, Mexico
2015 
“Nirvana: Strange Forms of Pleasure”, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur Switzerland 
2014 
“Nirvana: Strange Forms of Pleasure”, MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland
2013 
“The WAH Bridges Bushwick”, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, New York
“Vertigo”, Galerie Xippas, Geneva, Switzerland
2012 
“GO!”, Brooklyn Museum Community curated Project, 49B Studios, New York
“Figured”, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, New York 
2011 
“Look”, Galerie Xippas, Geneva, Switzerland
“Ficciones”, International Biennial of Photography, Xippas Collection, Punta Del Este,
Uruguay
“Plastic Lemons”, Petros Chrisostomou, Committee, Tony Cragg, Stuart Haygarth, “Spring Projects”, London, United Kingdom
“Modern Greek Woman”, The Hub, Athens, Greece 
2010 
“Revolver”, Galerie Xippas, Montevideo, Uruguay
“The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition”, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
2009 
“Freshfacedandwildeyed”, The Photographers Gallery, London, United Kingdom
“Realities and Plausibilities - Re enacting Realism in Contemporary Photographic Art”, Xippas Gallery, Athens, Greece
2008 
“Bargain Prices on Elephant Gun”, Ileana Tounta Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
“Interror”, Foundation Martini, Parco Culturale Le Serre, Turin, Italy
“Super Cilia”, The Royal Liver Buildings, Liverpool, United Kingdom
“These Living Walls of Jet”, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom
“The Red Mansion Art Prize”, The Lethaby Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2007
“Vraisemblances”, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
“Premiums”, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
2006 
“Visions”, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece 
RA Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
“Baroque My World”, Transition Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2005 
“Bloomberg New Contemporaries”, The Barbican Centre, London/ The Coach Shed, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom
RESIDENCIES
2010-2011 
(ISCP) International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
2007 
Red Mansion Foundation, Beijing

Forever, 2008, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Megalomaniac, 2008, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Skatospore, 2008, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Duplicate, 2010, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), 2008, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Myriad (10-61 Jackson Avenue), 2013, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Between (10-61 Jackson Avenue), 2013, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Totem (10-61 Jackson Avenue), 2013, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Untitled (Button), 2010, tirage archival c-print, 150 x 120 cm / 100 x 80 cm / 27 x 35 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Untitled (Buttons), 2010, tirage archival c-print, 1é0 x 150 cm / 80 x 100 cm / 35 x 27 cm, édition de 5 + 3 EA

Petros Chrisostomou constructs hybrid spaces, combining the concerns of artist, sculptor and curator. His work, as much sculptural as photographic, draws inspiration from concepts of hyperreality. These works not only revel in signs and symbols – the simulacra of contemporary life, they transcend that postmodernist trope of the simulacrum, offering distinct traces of the skewed realities of the Dadaists or fantasies of the Surrealists. These qualities are underpinned and stabilised by the architectural accuracy of his miniature interiors, which draw from broad influences, from classical Palladian or a White Cube gallery space, to the contemporary commercial kitsch of fast-food joints, or even a depiction of his childhood home as in the 18 Fortis Green series. The self-constructed model interiors contain life-size objects and within this context, the objects are transformed into oversized sculptures, surreal representations of themselves. Chrisostomou’s work questions how we interpret them using a range of incongruous visual clues, obscure constellations of objects and spaces, with symbolically rich contexts. As a product of globalization, born in London to Cypriot parents, and now living in New York, Petros Chrisostomou explores the idea of the indigenous habitat, by creating these boxes from which to work in, and juxtaposing these items to form connections and disconnections. They become symbolic metaphors for a decentralized notion of where we find ourselves culturally grounded, and the spaces that we relate to as home.