About Petros Chrisostomou
Combining sculpture and photography, the real and the surreal, Petros Chrisostomou produces painstakingly constructed photographs, whose seductive, strange still life subjects call into question the veracity of the photographic image. He began by making actual sculptures out of ephemeral materials and documenting their fleeting existence in photographs. Realizing that the photographs became the stand-ins for the sculptures themselves, he turned to crafting sculptures and still life arrangements exclusively for the camera. Chrisostomou uses such unremarkable but symbolically loaded items as eggs, wigs, high-heeled shoes, and ballpoint pens, sourced from neighborhood stores. He arranges these into carefully considered sculptural forms, set into models he builds of architectural interiors ranging from scrappy to sumptuous. In what Chrisostomou describes as a “perversion of scale,” the objects dominate these interiors, reaching from floor to ceiling, in images that appear equally realistic and impossible.
English, b. 1981, London, United Kingdom, based in New York, New York