Small homes, 2017, marble, 100 × 65 × 35 cm, courtesy of the artist and The Breeder
Medium Stone sculpture
Location Kiefer quarry, Fürstenbrunn
Languages English, Greek, Italian
What to bring Weatherproof clothing, protective goggles and gloves, earmuffs, dust mask
Requirements Interest in working with stone, previous experience in stone-sculpting is welcome but isn’t a condition
Maximum number of participants 12
Co-teachers Anna Hofbauer, Stavros Mavromichalis
Participation fee € 1.200,– (€ 880,–)
What does it mean to work with a monumental material? How can one take an ephemeral, perishable object and turn it into something monumental? How can the traditional technique of stone-sculpting simultaneously be contemporary? In this course, the participants will explore and discuss issues which Andreas Lolis also deals with in his own work, when he transforms common packaging litter into precious marble sculptures.
The Untersberg quarry, which for centuries has provided the co-called “Untersberg marble” (which in fact is a limestone), offers ideal conditions for different approaches to this material. Participants live and work for four weeks directly on site, thus gaining an idea of the dimensions and the complex operations involved in quarrying, both past and present.
Participants will learn about the possibilities and limitations of working with limestone. They will explore light, colour and texture of this specific material and experiment or refine skills in the treatment of the stone.
As from Saturday evening, 21 July, simple dormitory accommodation will be available for € 7.– per night in the quarry grounds. A place in the dormitory may be booked for the full duration only, and is to be paid in advance.
Andreas Lolis is based in Athens, where he was born in 1970. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts. Fascinated by the relics of the 21st century, by all the things that as a society we discard on a daily basis, Lolis has been working since 2011 on a series of marble sculptures that are replicas of thrown-out boxes and styrofoam material. They are meticulously carved to give a trompe l’oeil effect; what seems real and warm turns out to be in fact cold and false, sculpted ironically from the rock-hard past of antiquity. The cardboard is magisterially shaped out of Moroccan marble, resembling the worn-out colours of decay. The styrofoam is made of classical Dionysian marble, pallid and pure like a post-industrialist trip on neo-classicism.
Solo exhibitions 2015Undercurrents, The Breeder, Athens. 2013 The Breeder, Monte Carlo (MC). 2011 Künstlerhaus München, Munich (DE).
Group exhibitions 2017Antidoron. The EMST Collection at Museum Friedericianum, documenta 14, Kassel (DE). The Garden sees, Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall, Athens. 6th Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki (GR). The Body, the Soul, The Place, National Art Museum of China, 7th Bejing Biennial of Contemporary Art, Bejing (CN). 2015La vie moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon (FR). 2013Hell As Pavilion, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Frieze New York, Sculpture Park, New York, NY (US). The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich (CH). 2012Frieze London, Sculpture Park, London.
Ralph Rugoff: “Andreas Lolis.”, in: The Breeder (ed.): Andreas Lolis, Athens 2016. 13th Biennale de Lyon, exh. cat., Les presses du réel, 2015.
Nadja Argyropoulou, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis (eds.): Hell As Pavillion, exh. cat., Palais de Tokyo, Kastaniotis Editions, Athens 2013. Frieze New York, exh. cat., Thames & Hudson, London 2013. Frieze London, exh. cat., Thames & Hudson, London 2012. Andreas Lolis. 21st Century Relics, exh. cat., iset – contemporary greek art institute, Athens 2012.