Ileana Tounta

Aliki Palaska

18 Mar - 24 Apr 2010

© Aliki Palaska
Exhibition view

18.03.2010 – 24.04.2010

Moonbeams, Aliki Palaska’s fourth solo show, opens at the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center on Thursday, 18th March 2010, at 19:30.

The show will run until 24th April 2010.

Moonbeams presents works from a new series that the artist began developing this past summer for the purpose of her participation in the ReMap project; a series in which ambient installations using textiles combine with marker painting. Inspired by the music culture of recent decades, especially the punk-rock scene, Palaska creates large-scale collages peopled by such figures as: Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Chrissie Hynde, Björk, Joe MacDonald, the White Stripes, Country Joe and the Fish, Debbie Harry, John Lennon, Rory Gallagher, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, and David Gilmour.

The meticulous design and fine detailing of the black-and-white images create an effect that is similar to that of digital printing (on canvas) and recall the method the artist used in her previous series of works featuring cut prints (2007-2009).

Music by Country Joe and the Fish and Captain Beefheart is heard throughout the exhibition, which also includes a video by photographer Anton Cobijn, where Don van Vliet * (aka Captain Beefheart) relates his thoughts about music, sculpture and more, a little before retiring to the desert to take up painting.

*Don van Vliet, though lacking any formal training in music, is considered a highly innovative musician, one of the first to tap into the legacy of free jazz and delta blues. His ‘Magic Band’, which was active from 1965 to 1982, is thought to be one of the milestones of music history. With his multifarious talent and enigmatic personality van Vliet would be a major influence on musicians such as Tom Waits and Frank Zappa and have an equal impact on the development of the punk music scene.

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