Art In America

Athanasios Argianas

at On Stellar Rays,
1 Rivington St.

The sound of sea scallops snapping their shells closed permeates the first U.S. gallery show by the London-based Greek artist Athanasios Argianas, who filmed a group of the shellfish atop Minimal-style plinths as the sole muscle in each creature contracted at random intervals. Argianas's sculptures, including a group of sea sponges cast in bronze and affixed to colored armatures hanging from the ceiling, employ natural forms to suggest visual metaphors for aural experience. The amorphous sponges evoke digital wave form patterns within a subtle, tightly conceptualized exhibition that seems equally indebted to John Cage and Jacques Cousteau.



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