Intermedia Gallery - CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
Friday, January 18, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
350 Sauchiehall Street , Glasgow, G2 3JD

For this solo exhibition, Leontios Toumpouris presents a
site-responsive installation that consists of a new series of works made of clay, leather, steel and paper, drawing from sixteenth- and
seventeenth-century emblems and alchemical writings. The exhibition is representative of the artist’s ongoing interest in body and matter correlations and the evolving role of language in his practice.

Of particular images‘ negotiates with the morality of emblems and their tripartite structure (image-motto-epigram) in which a
pictorial enigma, whose relation to a sententious motto commonly
registered on a banderole within the image, is resolved by an
accompanying text or an epigram. Bodies and processes involved in experimenting with matter and making are (re)presented on leather banderoles in a non-linear manner. These fragmented procedures are connected to the invention and origin of a fictional language that derives from the convergence of body and clay. The dual voice of alchemical writings where rational and fictional language intertwine, informs a series of mottoes printed on paper.

The works in the exhibition act as self-referential indications of
everything physical outside of themselves, hovering between
autonomy and dependence, perhaps suggestive of ways to perceive (physical) reality.

Intermedia Gallery
Preview: Friday 18 January 2019, 6 – 9 pm

Duration: 19 January – 10 February 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12noon – 6pm

Funded by: Eaton Fund

Parallel events:

Curation of public display
Special Collections – University of Glasgow Library (12th floor)
23 January – 15 March 2019

Talk by Professor Laurence Grove and Dr Luis Gomes, Director and Deputy Director respectively of the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures at the University of Glasgow
CCA Cinema
Sat 2 February 2019, 11.30am
Free (unticketed)

A three-day children’s workshop
Developed and led by: Leontios Toumpouris
Supported by: CCA, Oakgrove Primary School and Special Collections – University of Glasgow Library
Funded by: Queens Cross Housing Association and Glasgow Sculpture Studios
January 2019