HEY. HORNY. GRRRR.
Christos Pantieras is an Ottawa-based multi-disciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation, drawing, and mixed-media. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from York University. His work has been acknowledged through grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.
HEY. HORNY. GRRRR. explores the frailty of human connection and sexual encounter by unpacking the semiotics of queer hook-up culture in online and social media platforms such as Scruff, Grindr, and GROWLr. The work consists of thousands of letters individually cast in concrete; their size mimicking the form of alphabetized magnets found on refrigerator doors to reference play and recreation. The letters spill, cascade, and swell to form accumulations, piles, and stacks that reveal the most common of greetings, flirtations, and intentions when communicating online. In this in-situ installation, the digital word becomes a tangible visual language that reveals the experiences of the artist, yet evokes the commonalities and the resonate fragments of online interactions shared by most.
Photo: Natalie Sartisson