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Andreas Lolis, Untitled (detail), 2015, marble, clay, dimensions variable.

Andreas Lolis

The Breeder

Andreas Lolis, Untitled (detail), 2015, marble, clay, dimensions variable.

At the Third Athens Biennale in 2011, a group of sculptures by Andreas Lolis, all Untitled, from the series “21st Century Relics,” 2011–, were positioned on the floor in one of the many abandoned classrooms of Diplareios, a former art and design school in a run-down part of the historic center of Athens. The works at first appeared to be ready-made cardboard boxes. In fact, closer inspection revealed these boxes to be marble, carved and painted by the artist himself. Visitors were compelled to take a second look; a few even dared to run a finger against the precious surfaces. Suddenly, the poorest objects in the room had become the richest, so expertly had one material been disguised as another.

Following this 2011 outing, Lolis staged a solo exhibition at Fizz Gallery in Athens in 2012, featuring more “cardboard” boxes, “polystyrene” slabs of various sizes, and a “wooden” shipping

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