Ariana Papademetropoulos: Genesis Outlet

CV downloadCV press release

July 3rd – July 25th, 2015

Opening: Friday, July 3rd, 6-8pm

Rene Magritte to Andre Breton, No Title, 27 juin 1947

June 27, 1946

Dear Friend,

I have been thinking about what you said about Magic.

As long as this traditional magic is able to resist or adamantly fight the behaviors and beliefs of "reasonable" people.

I can stand by your side and defend you.

That is also why I like the sign of rebellion which the "feminine principle" represents.

It would be easy for me, now, to love such an activity, because it looks like mine, which makes me forget about having to be efficient.

Today, I see our pleasure as a goal.

Whereas before, it was all about turning the world upside down.

Here, is how I understand utopia: it is not a dream that happens in the future, but utopia.

It is locating the golden age within the boundaries of our own lives.

I hope to see you soon.

Your friend,

Ariana Papademetropoulos uses illusionary techniques in her art practice in an attempt to multiply the meaning of found images she appropriates for her paintings. The manipulation of these unique, vintage ephemera from magazines, postcards and books causes their palette to morph and draws out new  psychological undercurrents. Her reworking transforms the original images into something that registers as contemporary and timeless.

She received her BFA at CalArts in 2012 and also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York City, New Orleans, Mexico City, and Berlin. Her work is in private collections across Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Venezuela, and all major U.S. cities. Papademetropoulos lives and works in Los Angeles.

Picnic at Hanging Rock
oil on canvas
30” X 40” H


Baby Alone in Babylon
graphite on paper
36” x 30” H


oil on canvas
48" x 60" H


I Scared a Ghost
oil on canvas
72” x 48" H


What Comes Around Goes Around
oil on canvas
30" x 36" H


Eternal (black)
oil on canvas
48 x 60" H


Ariana Papademetropoulos

Select Group Exhibitions:
Cry me a River, Janet Levy Projects for Prospect 3, New Orleans

Recurrence, Fridman Gallery, New York City, NY
Veils, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

Joy of Fear, The Impermanent Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Rituals, Prohibition Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

LA Unified, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Annual Benefit Auction (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
Panopticon, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Skylike Notdoings, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
Rundgang, Universitat Der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
MitMacht Universitat Der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Works of Paper, Residence Gallery, Long Beach, CA
Womanhouse 40th Anniversary, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Gray Day, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
Select Bibliography:
Sebastian Gladstone, 20 L.A. Artists, Foundations, January 1
Mar Peidro, Los Angeles Woman, Vein Magazine, February
Elodie Cazes, 9 LA ARTISTS, Le’ Official, March
Gloria Noto, Collaborations, The Work Magazine, March

Kate Messinger, Art Talks with Ariana Papademetropoulos, The WILD, November 20
Pauli Ochi, Conversation, Art Blitz, May 29, 2014
Emma Kathan, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Psychic Gloss Magazine, May 15
Alex Bigman, Art Review: Recurrence at Fridman Gallery, Daily Serving, August 7
Sharon Butler, Inspired by Fiction: Recurrence at Fridman, Two Coats of Paint, August 16

Daniel Rolnik Art Review: Ariana Papademetropoulos, Beautiful Decay, June 27,
Christopher Knight, Art Review: Gray Day at Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles Times, November 24

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Minor in Cultural Studies, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, Spring Semester