Petros Chrisostomou

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Big Wig 5, 2006
    Color photograph
    151 x 121 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Strider, 2006
    Color photograph
    121 x 151 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Anastasia 1, 2005
    Color photograph
    80 x 119,5 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Anastasia 2, 2005
    Color photograph
    80 x 119,5 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Spectre, 2002
    Color photograph
    119,5 x 84 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Rococco Bluff 2, 2003
    Color photograph
    119 x 79 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Mouth to mouth, 2007
    Color photograph
    150 x 120 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Fithi, 2007
    Color photograph, diasec
    150 x 120 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Avenue, Whetstone, London N20 0AL), 2008
    Color photograph, diasec
    150 x 120 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Galacta (II), 2008
    Color photograph, diasec
    150 x 120 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Sneaker, 2007
    Photographie couleur, diasec
    150 x 120 cm

  • Petros Chrisostomou
    Forever, 2008
    Color photograph, diasec
    150 x 120 cm

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.

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