The Neon Organization presents American artist Paul Chan’s multidimensional exhibition titled “Odysseus and the Bathers” visible at the Museum of Cycladic Art through October 14 2018.
The exhibition, curated by Sam Thorne, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, presents Chan’s new projects and recent works, which he refers to as “breathers” and “bathers”. Each project consists of a fabric “body” designed by the artist and adapted to modified fans. These are moving works of sculpture that function as three-dimensional animations, “choreographed” by Chan to create different forms of movement.
The Museum of Cycladic Art is an ideal environment for these works, as they owe much to ancient Greek philosophy. The works borrow elements from the references of ancient philosophers (Aristotle, Heraclitus) regarding the relationship between life, anima, spirit and movement. At the same time, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, artists such as Cezanne and Matisse adopted the bather pattern to express perceptions about the body; sexuality, nakedness, man’s relationship with nature etc. These works fulfill Chan’s declared desire to move away from modern “screen images” by inventing new animated images that go beyond the frame of reason.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog published by NEON and Chan’s publishing house, Badlands Unlimited and designed by Kobi Benezri. The publication will include an extensive version of Chan’s essay “Odysseus as Artist” and a new essay by Thorne. The exhibition is organized with the cooperation of the US Embassy in Athens.
Paul Chan (born Hong Kong 1973) is an artist who lives in New York. He is the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, a biennial award honouring artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art.
In 2002, Chan was a part of Voices in the Wilderness, an American aid group that broke U.S. sanctions and federal law by working in Baghdad before the U.S. invasion and occupation. In 2004 he garnered police attention for The People’s Guide to the Republican National Convention, a free map distributed throughout New York to help protesters to get in or out of the way of the RNC. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett’s play, “Waiting for Godot” in New Orleans.