RODEO Piraeus

May 5 – June 30, 2021

St. Elmo's Fire

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Ei Arakawa, Anna Boghiguian, Leidy Churchman, Martin Creed, David Douard, Hadi Fallahpiseh, Hélène Fauquet, Sam Lewitt, Liliane Lijn, Yiannis Maniatakos, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Shimabuku

The old books and stories speak of a pair of twins, boys that have been hanging around for thousands of years.

Recently things have changed and even though travellers still pass through the peculiar place by the port, all sorts of different types have emerged; the art of making boats and their parts replaced by the display of beautiful things for the pleasure of the eye – and the stomach.

All happened in quite a short amount of time. The change felt significant, people were coming and going, with cars not horses, and with the train line that connects the city to the sea, curious and hungry for something new, in and out, days and nights.

One had even forgotten about the prime purpose of the place, in service to travel and commerce. Travel was still happening but in a different way, at least for some of us.  New trading mechanisms were at stake and new sellers were now occupying the old edifices, the patina of their history engraved on the stone walls, still left untouched.

There were still big trading ships with lots of sailors on board, the old and eternal way to execute exchanges on the planet. These shipyards were moved further away to a place invisible to the passers-by.

And then one day movement was restricted. An invisible to the naked eye enemy landed and in no-time everyone left, and all activity stopped.

Not a soul, just ourselves sometimes and a few elders from the old leagues remained opening and closing their places out of hope but mainly out of habit.

Quickly it became apparent that this winter was going to be dark, quiet and demanding in a different way. People hid indoors in an effort to protect themselves and others. All moving around was restricted and all activity was taking place through new means and technologies.

One night past 9pm we decided to drive there, illegally.

Desperate for movement, and the smell of the sea and an urge to experience our bodies in a different space other than the rooms we’d been occupying for the past months.

Nothing was moving but the southern wind. A group of felines was looking for food, no cars, no moon, no seagulls. All the streets were empty and even the guards of the big companies were asleep or missing.

It was when we saw It.

Like in a hallucination, the purple glow with the buzzing buzz, was there on the little street on every electricity pole, framing the garbage bins, outlining the architecture, the corners of the pavement, the few trees, a fun fair to the eyes!

Purple flames were coming out of the roofs and the only thing that made it feel real was that we were together, and you all saw it with me, and we were laughing nervously, not really understanding whether this is real apocalypse or some sort of divine intervention.

It was huge and lasting and everywhere, and strangely did not feel threatening. Things were not burning down.

While we were walking around the block in an effort to comprehend and discover the source of the spectacle, we heard a slow galloping and turned around. Two men on huge horses, a chocolate brown and a white, were trespassing us and seemed like they did not see us, or did not care about us and turned around the corner. We ran after them but they were gone. Looked everywhere and the glow was gone too. Deafening silence.

After what felt like hours, we opened the door of what is nowadays our place of exchange and sat in astonishment.

We googled it and found out that it was the Dioscuri we saw, the twin boys of Leda, also known as Gemini, a stellar duo.

A god and a semi god, children of different fathers (a king and the god of all gods) protectors of all travellers, sailors as well as horsemen, and above all, all guests.

Innumerable journeys have unfolded under their protection, all sorts of activities.

I knew about them, Castor and Pollux, our flanking streets, two parallel lines.

It was St. Elmo’s Fire that we saw foretelling the twins’ arrival.

A good omen the sailors always thought, a kind of salvation.

This exhibition brings together important works by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Ei Arakawa, Anna Boghiguian, Leidy Churchman, Martin Creed,  David Douard, Hélène Fauquet, Hadi Fallahpiseh, Sam Lewitt, Liliane Lijn, Yiannis Maniatakos, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Shimabuku.

In an effort to keep the gallery safe and following guidelines, we are limiting the number of visitors at a time. The gallery is also open by appointment, please contact us to make arrangements.

The use of mask is mandatory and there will be a very limited number of guests present (max 20 spread between the two spaces front and back)

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Hadi Fallahpiseh, Going West, light drawing on photosensitive paper, 112 x 224 x 5 cm, 2020

Hadi Fallahpiseh, Going West, light drawing on photosensitive paper, 112 x 224 x 5 cm, 2020

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Sam Lewitt, Untitled(Weak Local Lineament), digital chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, 56.5 x 91.4 cm, 2018

Sam Lewitt, Untitled(Weak Local Lineament), digital chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, 56.5 x 91.4 cm, 2018

Ei Arakawa, Lives of Performers (Duration: 45 min & approx. 20 hours on preparation, Honorarium: 1,450 EUR, 1.16 EUR per minute), 4364 LED (WS2813 100/m black) on hand‐dyed fabric with grommets, 1 T300‐K Controller, 1 SD card (2GB), with 1 LedEdit 2014 data (.led), 2 5V40A power supplies with 22 AWG stranded wire, 80 cm diameter, 2020

Ei Arakawa, Lives of Performers (Duration: 45 min & approx. 20 hours on preparation, Honorarium: 1,450 EUR, 1.16 EUR per minute), 4364 LED (WS2813 100/m black) on hand‐dyed fabric with grommets, 1 T300‐K Controller, 1 SD card (2GB), with 1 LedEdit 2014 data (.led), 2 5V40A power supplies with 22 AWG stranded wire, 80 cm diameter, 2020

Liliane Lijn, Three Line Koan, glass fibre, Polyester resin, fluorescent red, orange and green Perspex, motorised turntable, fluorescent light, 142 x 79.5 cm base diameter, 2008

Liliane Lijn, Three Line Koan, glass fibre, Polyester resin, fluorescent red, orange and green Perspex, motorised turntable, fluorescent light, 142 x 79.5 cm base diameter, 2008

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Senza titolo (ramo), white bronze, 60 x 20 x 2 (d) cm, 2015

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Senza titolo (ramo), white bronze, 60 x 20 x 2 (d) cm, 2015

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Pinna Nobilis, white bronze and fan mussel’s shell, lost wax casting, 56 x 18 x 7 cm, 2019

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Pinna Nobilis, white bronze and fan mussel’s shell, lost wax casting, 56 x 18 x 7 cm, 2019

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Pinna Nobilis, detail, 2019

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Pinna Nobilis, detail, 2019

David Douard, Acte de salon, metal, glass, fabric, magnet, light, 307 x 307 x 45 cm, 2018

David Douard, Acte de salon, metal, glass, fabric, magnet, light, 307 x 307 x 45 cm, 2018

David Douard, Acte de salon, side view

David Douard, Acte de salon, side view

David Douard, Acte de salon, detail, 2018

David Douard, Acte de salon, detail, 2018

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Yannis Maniatakos, Monsters and Ghosts, oil on canvas, 98 x 74 cm, 1972

Yannis Maniatakos, Monsters and Ghosts, oil on canvas, 98 x 74 cm, 1972

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Installation view, St. Elmo's Fire, Rodeo, Piraeus, 2021

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Untitled, sterling silver repoussé and chased revetment, cast sterling silver nails, wood panel, 74 x 63 cm, 2020

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Untitled, sterling silver repoussé and chased revetment, cast sterling silver nails, wood panel, 74 x 63 cm, 2020

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, detail

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, detail

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, detail

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, detail

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, detail

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, detail

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, sail canvas, painted Birds: plaster, paint, wax on gauze bandage, 2000 x 800 cm, 2018

Anna Boghiguian, Trade + Birds, sail canvas, painted Birds: plaster, paint, wax on gauze bandage, 2000 x 800 cm, 2018