Painter Ariana Papademetropoulos takes us into esoteric worlds at Deitch

Painter Ariana Papademetropoulos takes us into esoteric worlds at Deitch

10/16/2021 6:17:00 PM

Painter Ariana Papademetropoulos takes us into esoteric worlds at Deitch

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“The Emerald Tablet,”which is on view through next week, consists of two parts. In one gallery, Papademetropoulos presents six new, large-scale oil paintings that seem to embody the idea of bewitched worlds within worlds: In one canvas, a troupe of ghostly spirits frolics in a Victorian bedroom; in another, a delicate bubble containing a cosmic world floats perilously over a rocky landscape. In the rest of the gallery’s voluminous space, Papademetropoulos has organized a group exhibition that brings together works by artists she is inspired by and whose works reverberate with esoteric themes.

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“They all had metamorphosis in common,” she says of the works in the show, “and that is alchemy.”“And in terms of alchemy, I was thinking about worlds within worlds, or bubbles within a painting or the object inside a crystal,” she adds. “There is a theme within the show about vessels and transformations happening within a vessel.”

The idea, she says, was to create a journey. “I thought of my paintings as the beginning of this journey,” she explains via telephone. “And all of the paintings that followed are meant to be portals.”Those portals include a riotous and eclectic collection of work. A functioning carousel by artist

Raúl de Nievesfeatures an assortment of monstrous and fantastic figures riding slowly in circles. A sculpture byIsabelle Albuquerquedepicts the body of a woman in the process of becoming feline. A pair of works by the lateHenry Dargershows little girl fairies. Times and styles are compressed for a show that feels rather ageless and otherworldly.

Raúl de Nieves’ otherworldly carnival ride, “When I look into your eyes I see the Sun,” from 2018.(Joshua White)The show, interestingly, ends up feeling veryLos Angeles. By choosing alchemy as a theme,“The Emerald Tablet”embraces theoccultand alternative spiritual practices that have long found fertile ground in the city. Featured in the show, for example, is the work of 20th century actress and

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