Christos Pantieras explores the frailty of relationships and how they intertwine between the online community and in real life (IRL). Using text that has been sourced from various digital platforms (e.g. emails, text messages, gay hook-up apps, etc...), he manipulates it through analog processes to record a human presence alongside the resonance of a lost online connection. His work takes the form of installations, sculpture and mixed media which ignites online language into a physical form to occupy real space in lieu of virtual space. While archiving a digital narrative and recording the dissolution of affection, is it truly the end once one has pressed “delete”?
Christos Pantieras (born, 1973 in Ottawa) completed his Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from York University (Toronto, ON) in 2015. Pantieras has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: The Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa), The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto), Modern Fuel ARC (Kingston), AXENEO7 (Gatineau), Artcite Inc (Windsor), Circa-Art Actuel (Montreal), and Artcite Inc (Windsor). Pantieras' work is represented in the collection of the City of Ottawa and throughout several private collectors. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa.
Christos Pantieras gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa (July 2017). [ www.ottawa.ca ]
Christos Pantieras gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council (August 2017). [ www.arts.on.ca ]
Christos Pantieras gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. [ www.canadacouncil.ca ]