Dimitrios Antonitsis

Luxuriating Form
16.03.2019 – 12.04.2019

LUXURIATING FORM explores the concept of the organic and the resilient, in different scales of physical space: sculptural jewelry and public sculpture. Antonitsis's collection of objects makes reference to the economic crisis as a chance for introspection and evolution.
His preferred material, an alloy of aluminum and titanium, reflects perfectly his idiosyncratic affinity to high and low culture. Specifically his jewelry objects flaunt precious baroque pearls on metallic blobs which are "quirky investigations of (sub)consciousness" (to quote the artist). The pearls serve as an allegory of graceful resistance against an irritant causing pain and distress. He remystifies shape in ecstatic embraces of the precious and common.
Even his large format sculptures have a second reading: they go beyond the comfort of cognition, and treat form as object of desire and vehicle for prestige. Antonitsis's game is to frame the system of values and its cynical duplicity. With witty irony his objects focus less on commodity than emotional politics of luxury and comfort. In doing so, the readymade according to Duchamp is reversed and the form gains the aura of fetish.

Dimitrios Antonitsis’ (*1966, Athens) artwork is known for its provocative undertone and its critically glamorous quality. Widely exhibited in both solo and group shows, his work is represented within collections internationally. His work reflects on social conventions of decorum, consumption and luxury. Luxuriating Forms explores the concept of the organic and the resilient in different scales of physical space: sculptural jewelry (Georg Hornemann) and public sculpture (Grzegorzki Shows).