Kiss the Sky, Paintings by Ketta Ioannidou
IFAC Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings on canvas and paper by artist, Ketta Ioannidou. The solo entitled, Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky, titled after the iconic lyrics of Jimmy Hendrix’s song Purple Haze, will be on display on the 3rd floor at 85 Delancey Street in New York City.
Ioannidou’s paintings exist in a dreamlike state, creating a weightless, fleeting moment and an indeterminate psychological space. Migrating between water, sky and land she creates abstract images in a process that feels like layering memories, simplifying them down to their essence – the shapes, the colors, the feelings. Flurries of deep vibrant hues are amplified, blended, blurred, and soaked until they appear liquid, invoking morphing landscapes and dissipating natural phenomena receding towards oblivion. In the oil on paper series Black Rainbows (2019), repeated rounded forms of darkened blotches appear before vertical streams of deeply saturated hydro skies while in Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky I, II and III, shadow clouds infuse patterns against an acid lime, bubble pink and cerulean blue backdrop.
Ketta Ioannidou (b. Nicosia, Cyprus) lives and works in New York, NY. Ioannidou holds an MFA from School of Visual Arts and a BA (Honors) from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Ioannidourepresented Cyprus in the Cairo and Alexandria Biennales in Egypt and the 18th Asian Biennale in Bangladesh. She has had solo exhibitions at The Yard, Brooklyn, NY; South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY; Diatopos Centre of Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus; Chashama, New York, NY. Ioannidou has participated in group exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY; Superchief Gallery NFT, New York, NY; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Kustera Projects Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. Residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, AIM at the Bronx Museum, I-Park, and Aljira Emerge. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, Flash Art, the Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic.
Ioannidou will be available for appointments while the show is on view allowing visitors to meditate on the lush abstract paintings. IFAC is located at The Yard: Lower East Side.
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