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Christina Tzani's "Tender Wounds" at GalleryX

GalleryX – the new Dublin space for unsettling art – hosts from January 23rd to February 20th 2016 the work of Greek painter Christina Tzani and it is her very first solo exhibition. Christina's art focuses on capturing images of abused children. The victim's feelings as sorrow, fear, isolation, rejection and abandonment are represented on her canvases and drawings.
What makes her artworks powerful is also the use of pleasing colors for such a sensitive social issue as children maltreatment is. Strong red colours describe the violence, the despair and the erosion of humanity whereas grey in contrast with white backgrounds is used to pinpoint the thin line between beauty and ugliness as well as the nightmare these children live. The main objective of the artist's work is to alert and sensitise the viewers. As Giovanni Giusti states in his press release message, "By using pleasing colours and calm white backgrounds to lure the viewer closer to these monstrous images, Christina continues in this tradition and creates a distorted, unsettling world of beauty and mutilation, harmony and horror. Her works in ink and oil connect today’s reality and the ominous, unknown outcome of these small wounded lives."
The exhibition includes oil paintings and ink drawings on paper and on canvas, and will be opened on 22 January at 6 p.m. in the presence of the artist and of H.E. Mrs. Katia Georgiou, Ambassador of Greece in Ireland. A musical performance will take place during the opening.
Artist bio
Christina Tzani is a graduate of the University of Western Macedonia’s School of Fine Arts (Florina, Greece) and has taken part in many group exhibitions, including “Fresh ’15: Happy Accidents”, “Biennial Castra 2015”, “Fid Prize 7”and “7th Biennial of Students of the Fine Arts Schools of Greece”. She works mainly through the medium of painting.

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Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at Palais Galliera

I was always fond of LANVIN house and its creations. I think that it was my grand-mother that initiated me into the LANVIN world when as a child was going to her house there was a finite smell of Arpège in the whole place. It was her favorite perfume and her vulnerable "point" if she was going to make us a surprise visit. Such vivid memories I have that when we came up with the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition that takes place at Palais Galliera from 8th March to 23rd August 2015 I set a bet with myself that I will make a post about the event.
Jeanne Lanvin par Harcourt © Patrimoine Lanvin
Jeanne Lanvin photographed by Harcourt © Patrimoine Lanvin
«Jeanne Lanvin draping a fabric on a model» photo by Laure Albin Guillot © Laure Albin Guillot / Roger-Viollet
The exhibition is a tribute to Jeanne Lanvin, the exceptional lady and the founder of the LANVIN fashion house. The artistic direction of acclaimed Alber Elbaz and his team take the visitors on a journey of senses... As Elbaz says "We had two options: either to be historical and do a very academic retrospective with a succession of dates; or to follow our feelings, to love and admire the clothes, touch the visitors’ heart through the sheer beauty of these garments, and finish the exhibition kind of up on a cloud". And I could not expect anything else from Elbaz!!! I mean, I have read many of his interviews and I focus on something he said "Style is the only thing you can not buy, it's not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It's something reflected from our soul to the outside world. An emotion." And this emotion is more than clearly shown in this exhibition.
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Jeanne Lanvin is considered as one of the most influential designers of the 1920s and 1930s. She represents artistry in embroidery and fabrics, beaded decorations, airiness, topstitchings, intertwinings, spirals and cut. In the exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to see some examples of her black & white creations as she displayed a taste for these colors in the 1910s. "La Diva" is one of my favorite gowns of the exhibition and the result of Lanvin's experimentation with the blue colour in such a way that the term "Lanvin Blue" was made official.
La Diva (dessin), 1935-36 © Patrimoine Lanvin
Dessin Maison Lanvin «La Diva», hiver 1935-1936. © Patrimoine Lanvin
La Diva, 1935-36 © Katerina Jebb
«La Diva», Midnight blue silk velvet, silvered metal sequin embroidery, hiver 1935-1936, Collection Palais Galliera © Katerina Jebb, 2014
The robe de style, a garden-party dress, came into full flower at Maison Lanvin in the 1920s. Each creation was embellished with flounces, petals, lace, ribbons, rosettes or bows. The decoration was applied to the skirt (see Colombine), which was widely flared and mounted on wire hoops, and still long in spite of the prevailing fashion. The small waist and close-fitting bodice were the absolute opposite of the tubular figure of the 1920s.
Colombine, 1924-25 © Katerina Jebb
«Colombine», robe de style, Hiver 1924-1925 Taffetas de soie, applications de velours de soie, broderies de perles et de fils métalliques, noeud en velours de soie Collection Palais Galliera © Katerina Jebb, 2014
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Hats an integral and indispensable accessory to the Lanvin "silhouette" as well as some clothes from her children collections are also on display.
Les petites filles modèles (dessin), 1925 © Patrimoine Lanvin
Dessin Maison Lanvin «Les petites filles modèles», 1925. © Patrimoine Lanvin
Les petites filles modèles, 1925 © Katerina Jebb
«Les petites filles modèles», robe pour enfant, 1925 Organdi brodé de rosettes en organdi et dentelle Patrimoine Lanvin © Katerina Jebb, 2014
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Lesbos dress with its Clair de Lune cape, was firstly presented in the prestigious Pavilion of Elegance (1925) during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. In contrast to the tubular lines of the Lesbos dress, was La Cavallini, a black robe de style with an oversized embroidered bow and the short, bright red cape Rita.
Lesbos (dessin), 1925 © Patrimoine Lanvin
Dessin Maison Lanvin «Lesbos & Claire de lune», 1925. © Patrimoine Lanvin
Lesbos, 1925 © Katerina Jebb
«Lesbos», robe du soir, 1925 Soie et satin vert absinthe, bandes lamées et perlées Patrimoine Lanvin © Katerina Jebb, 2014
La Cavallini (dessin), 1925 © Patrimone Lanvin
Dessin Maison Lanvin «La Cavallini & Rita», 1925. © Patrimoine Lanvin
La Cavallini, 1925 © Katerina Jebb
«La Cavallini», robe du soir, 1925 Taffetas noir décoré d’un noeud brodé de fil argenté, de perles, strass et perles fines. Patrimoine Lanvin © Katerina Jebb, 2014
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The most impressive creations of the exhibition are the beaded and embroidered dresses that are still diachronic or as we say "in fashion". Jeanne Lanvin used exotic or geometric motifs and gave magnificent examples of her excellent needlework.
Alcmène, 1929 © Katerina Jebb
«Alcmène», ensemble du soir, 1929 Crêpe de soie rose, broderies de cristaux Swarovski et de tubes Collection Palais Galliera © Katerina Jebb, 2014
Manteau, 1937 © Katerina Jebb
Manteau (dos), 1937 Taffetas, manche kimono et décolleté dos bénitier, broderies de paillettes Patrimoine Lanvin © Katerina Jebb, 2014
Marguerite de la nuit, 1929 © Katerina Jebb
«Marguerite de la nuit», robe, été 1929 Tulle de soie, fleur en satin de soie surpiqué, broderies de paillettes Collection Palais Galliera © Katerina Jebb, 2014
Dessin Maison Lanvin « Scintillante », été 1939. © Patrimoine Lanvin
Scintillante, 1939 © Katerina Jebb
«Scintillante», robe, été 1939 Tulle, crêpe broderies de paillettes Collection Palais Galliera © Katerina Jebb, 2014
Vogue, 1924 © Katerina Jebb
«Vogue», maillot, Eté 1924 Velours de soie, broderies de tubes, miroirs ronds et cristaux Swarovski Collection Palais Galliera © Katerina Jebb, 2014
Jeanne Lanvin began her career in 1889 with the “Lanvin (Melle Jeanne) Modes” shop on Rue Boissy d’Anglas and then in 1893 acquired her premises at 22 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. She created collections for young ladies, women, brides, men and children. There followed departments for lingerie,furs, interior decoration and sport. Renowned for her expertise and intuition, she died in 1946.
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Pebble Plant Pots by Aristotelis Barakos

Nature always inspired artists and designers and in most cases there was a positive outcome. The story is repeated for young designer Aristotelis Barakos who has been awarded the bronze A' Design Award (2014 Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category), a year after his graduation for the Pebble Plant Pots.
Pebbles are small stones, rounded and polished through the friction of water. It is their form and surface that generate positive emotions to human beings and make them to search for interesting pebbles at beaches and river edges. Barakos reproduced the sense of natural pebbles with concrete whose texture resembles the porous of the stone. The pots created, are designed to meet the requirements of indoor as well as outdoor plants. Every pot is composed of two parts: the lower part forms a space which receives the soil with the plants. The top part forms a lid, with small halls for the plants to fit in, which is removed by the user in order to check the internal space. At the bottom of every pot, is a hole to allow excess water to flow out.
courtesy Aristotelis Barakos
courtesy Aristotelis Barakos
courtesy Aristotelis Barakos
courtesy Aristotelis Barakos
courtesy Aristotelis Barakos
Large Pebble: 300 mm x 220 mm x 120 mm Medium Pebble: 170 mm x 150 mm x 120 mm Small Pebble: 140 mm x 130 mm x 95 mm
After years of working as a model maker and constructor for major international film and museum productions, Aristotelis Barakos enrolled for a BA in Product Design at AKTO Art & Design College in Athens and graduated in 2013. Through his work, he strives to speak a global language while maintaining his own dialect, which reflects elements of his local culture. His vision is to create unique and human-centered products, by combining technology with human factors, ergonomics and design thinking. With every design project, he begins with an initial display, using both hand-drawn sketches and computer graphics. He then moves on to constructing working mockups and 3D prototypes at a scale, which provides for a natural three-dimensional representation of the object. This creative dialogue raises the level of inventiveness in his work and assists him in turning his ideas into something tangible, something that clients can feel with their own hands. Moreover, he engages in teamwork with engineers and other disciplines to further refine these ideas and get the most out of them. The products Aristotelis has designed range from ceramics, pieces of furniture and every-day objects to state-of-the-art technological devices and systems. In 2014, he designed the Gokey Charger, Cable & Locator, which raised over 1 million dollars at an Indiegogo campaign and is now in the production phase. Aristotelis has showcased his projects at several design exhibitions in Athens and has been included in the fourth edition of FUTURE TALENTS 2014 competition, which is featured in the July/August 272 issue of the Italian OTTAGONO design magazine.