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Pot is fun

2016. 42X30cm, india ink and acrylics on white rag paper.

Exhibited:

Without weight, volume, dimensions, OMEN Art Gallery, Chania

AS Gallery, Heraklion and ArtAthina 2016.

Isabelle Collin Dufresne 

(stage name Ultra Violet; 6 September 1935 – 14 June 2014) was a French-American artist, author, and both a colleague of Andy Warhol and one of the pop artist's so-called superstars. Earlier in her career, she worked for and studied with surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Dufresne lived and worked in New York City, and also had a studio in Nice, France.

American poet Allen Ginsberg at a marijuana rally with a sign that reeds 'Pot is fun'.

Photo by Benedict J. Fernandez, 1963,64 or 65.

Folded work, 11X11cm

Dead flowers

Pencils, charcoal, ink and acrylic on handmade paper.

76X56cm / 100X77cm framed.

Exhibited: 

Freakshow, Match More Art Gallery, Chania, 2018.

​Well when you're sitting there in your silk upholstered chair
Talkin' to some rich folk that you know
Well I hope you won't see me in my ragged company
Well, you know I could never be alone

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

Well when you're sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day
Ah, I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon
And another girl to take my pain away

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the U.S. Mail
Say it with dead flowers in my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave
No, I won't forget to put roses on your grave

 

Keith Richards / Mick Jagger

Ooh, Avoid the WORDS!

2018, 42X30cm, india ink and acrylic on white rag paper

Exhibited:

Freakshow, Match More Art Gallery, Chania, 2018

Private collection

 

   [...] Frantzeskakis’s pictures seem to be part of stories or so their elaborate titles indicate: Tell me you love me no matter what, We don’t need another hero, Love? I have nothing to offer except my own confusion. Yet, it is hard to take one’s eyes away from them, even if one is not aware of these stories. They have a mesmerizing effect because they present this cabinet of curiosities which is in urgent need of identification. Frantzeskakis chooses subjects which are yet to be identified, usually encountered in big cities, the refuge of all the odd people, or those that feel odd and would like to live in a place where nobody would bother. Via the encounter with these people, the viewer is obliged to make an effort to understand the world that is fast changing and in which none of the old certainties prevail.

 

Dr Constantinos Proimos, curator 

Exhibition poster

Nada es real

excepto la real.

2018. Pencils, charcoal, acrylics, india ink

and paper collage on handmade paper.

76X56cm / 100X77cm framed

Exhibited:

FREAKSHOW, Match More Art Gallery, 2018

Let me take you down / 'Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields / Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about / Strawberry Fields forever / 
Strawberry Fields forever /

Strawberry Fields forever...

John Lennon / Paul Macartney

However, Frantzeskakis's innermost vision is not there! He employes pencil, ink and the minimum of color in order to claim 'Nada es real excepto la real' smiling conspiratively to Rene Magritte (Belgium, 1889-1967) and exhibiting together with him a flawless female nude in the swirl of a hypothetic pipe.

Instead of a foreword... I. N. Arhontakis

I just wanted to make people laugh...

2018. India ink and acrylic on white rag paper.

42X30cm / 62X53cm framed.

Exhibited: 

Freakshow, Match More Art Gallery, Chania, 2018.

About

The title track of Mingus 'The Clown' features Jean Shepard narrating a story about a clown attempting to please the world with his performances. In the process he finds a disturbing fact about humanity.

Mingus' thoughts on the composition

I felt happy one day. I was playing a little tune on the piano that sounded happy. Then I hit a dissonance that sounded sad, and I realized that the song had to have two parts, The story, as I told it first to Jean Shepherd, is about a clown who tried to please people – like most jazz musicians do – but whom nobody liked until he was dead.

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Tell me you love me no matter what!

2018, 42X30cm, india ink on white rag paper

Exhibited:

Freak show, Match More Art Gallery, Chania, 2018

 

   [...] Frantzeskakis’s pictures seem to be part of stories or so their elaborate titles indicate: Tell me you love me no matter what, We don’t need another hero, Love? I have nothing to offer except my own confusion. Yet, it is hard to take one’s eyes away from them, even if one is not aware of these stories. They have a mesmerizing effect because they present this cabinet of curiosities which is in urgent need of identification. Frantzeskakis chooses subjects which are yet to be identified, usually encountered in big cities, the refuge of all the odd people, or those that feel odd and would like to live in a place where nobody would bother. Via the encounter with these people, the viewer is obliged to make an effort to understand the world that is fast changing and in which none of the old certainties prevail. 

Dr C. Proimos, curator 

Exhibition poster

Lust

2018, 50X40cm, india ink and pencil on paper

Exhibited:

Art is a way out of sexual problems,

Freud's Dream Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2018

 

A pictorial exhibition entitled 'DIE KUNST IST EIN AUSWEG BEI SEXUELLEN PROBLEMEN' (translation: Art is a way out of sexual problems, will materialise at Freud’s Dream Museum (18A Storona, Bolsoi Prospect of Petrogradskaya, Saint Petersburg). 

 

The visual curating of the exhibition is provided by Ioannis N. Arhontakis, Dr Megakles Rogakos and Dr Efi Kyprianidou.

Exhibition poster

The exhibition includes 41 artists from Greece and Cyprus: Eozen Agopian, Klitsa Antoniou, Lamprini Boviatsou, Konstantina Bolieraki, Ismini Bonatsou, Lamprini Boviatsou, Theodoros Brouskomatis, Yannis Dialinos, Alexandros Dimitriadis, Lena Dimova, Yiannos Economou, Andrey Filippov, Antonis Frantzeskakis, Dimosthenis Gallis, Youla Hajigeorgiou, Marion Inglessi, Antigoni Kavvatha, Andreas Kontonis, George Koumouros, Nikos Kyritsis, Alexandros Maganiotis, Giannis P. Markantonakis, Georgia Matsamaki, Alkistis Michaelidou, Efsevia Mihailidou, Ioannis Monogyios, Konstantinos N. Patsios, Sylvia Petsoura, Aris Roupinas, Andreas Savva, Rania Schoretsaniti, Petr Shevchenko, Chrysoula Skepetzi, Miranda Skylouraki, Barbara Spirouli, Yannis Stefanakis, Aris Stoidis, Maro Theodorou, Katerina Tsebeli, Margarita Vasilakou, Chrysa Vathianaki and Alexandrer Voutsas.

Warning: Jesus saves from all sin.

2017. 42X30cm. India ink and acrylic on white rag paper.

Exhibited:

Freakshow, Match More Art Gallery, Chania, 2018

(Left) 2014. 21X14cm. India ink, pencils, acrylic and collage on white rag paper.

Private collection

We are all museums of fear

2016. 42X30cm. India ink on white rag paper.

Exhibited:

Without weight, volume, dimensions, OMEN Art Gallery, Chania

AS Gallery, Heraklion and ArtAthina 2016.

Private collection

an apprehension for reality, the death of the flower,

the collapse of hope, the crush of
wasted years, the nightmare faces,
the mad armies attacking for no reason at all
and/or
old shoes abandoned in old corners like half-forgotten
voices that once said love but did not mean
love.
see the face in the mirror? the mirror in the
wall? the wall in the house? the house in the
street?
now always the wrong voice on the telephone
and/or
the hungry mouse with beautiful eyes which now lives in
your brain.
the angry, the empty, the lonely, the
tricked.
we are all
museums of fear.
there are
as many killers as flies as
we dream of giant
sea turtles with strange words carved into
their hard backs
and no place for the knife to go in.
Cain was Able,
ask him.
give us this day our daily dread.
the only solace left to us is to hide
alone in the middle of night in some deserted
place.
with each morning less than zero,
humanity is a hammer to the brain,
our lives a bouquet of blood, you can watch
this fool still with his harmonica
playing elegiac tunes while
slouching toward Nirvana
without
expectation or
grace.

  

The madman emerges from the

movies: the street at lunchtime.

2016. 42X30cm, india ink and acrylics on white rag paper.

Exhibited:

Without weight, volume, dimensionsOMEN Art Gallery, Chania

AS Gallery, Heraklion and ArtAthina 2016.

Private collection

On the A. Ginsberg's haiku.

2017. 60X42cm, pencils,

charcoal, ink and paper collage on paper.

Exhibited:

MATCH MORE Art Gallery, CHANIA, 2017. 

Contemporary Art Exhibition 'Mona Lisa's smile:

five centuries of artistic appropriation'

On the famous May 68 poster LA BEAUTE EST DANS LA RUE by Atelier Populaire.

 

On May 16th, art students, painters from outside the university and striking workers decided to permanently occupy the art school in order to produce posters that would "give concrete support to the great movement of the workers on strike who are occupying their factories in defiance of the Gaullist government".

The posters of the ATELIER POPULAIRE were designed and printed anonymously and were distributed for free.

Source:

www.arte-util.org/projects/atelier-populaire/

La beauté est dans la rue, witch!

Plan to broaden 

the killers tomorrow +++

LIFE PROJECTS presents

2016. 42X30cm (11X11cm folded). India ink on white rag paper.