Presented by Gazelli Art House.
Installation Dates: 9 June – 12 July
Location: 67-69 New Bond Street.
At once playful and menacing, Kalliopi Lemos’s Tools of Endearment Series reconsiders the construction of womanhood through a series of sculptures that enlarge feminine garments into gargantuan icons of desire. In substituting the familiar phrase terms of endearment for tools of endearment, Kalliopi Lemos’ new series asks us to consider the very way in which femininity is made and remade as a site of value and desire today. The tools Lemos puts on display work in tandem to conjure the spectacle of femininity in public life.
About Kalliopi Lemos (b. 1951)
Kalliopi Lemos is a Greek-born, London-based sculptor, painter, and installation artist. She studied painting and printing at Byam Shaw School of Art, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, where she also pursued post-graduate studies. She studied the art of Ikebana for 15 years. Throughout the past decade, her paintings, sculpture, and installations have explored the narrative of existential journeys, displacement, and the politics of forced migration. During this time, the artist has exhibited extensively in various international venues.
Lemos creates big-scale public installations, challenging the viewer with the focus on human rights, the issue of increasing global undocumented migration, and female oppression. She also has made a series of films where she creates objects (sculptures), which she uses to generate the storyline of the film around those objects.
Her work is represented exclusively by Gazelli Art House. During the last decade, Lemos has exhibited extensively in various international venues. Kalliopi Lemos’ work can be found in private collections and on permanent public displays in Onassis Cultural Foundation in New York, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Benaki Museum and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the Bilgi University in Istanbul and in Canakkale
Kalliopi Lemos’s work decisively intends to open a visual sphere of knowledge, perception, and awareness into this reality.