Ladders of various heights (8 ft to 20 ft) hung around the island painted in the colors of the
Aegean Sea and sky.
Ladders motif is used to celebrate a positive and hopeful spirit to the remarkable land of Greece.
Around the world, the spirit of democracy is being challenged and the ladders are a sign of
solidarity to preserve the hope of freedom and the celebration of the power of the creative
Democracy began in the Athenian city/state of Greece and has spread around the world. But like
all things based on human idealism and it’s best qualities, it is fragile and must be fought for
along with all the progressive agendas of human rights, the environment, global peace and
Symbolic of the connection between Heaven and Earth.
It represents progress, ascension and spiritual passage.
In the Torah (Bible) Jacob’s Ladder established contact between Man and God.
The Ladder symbolically connects the world of matter and spirit.
To ascend up the Ladder is to approach higher realm of consciousness to seek spiritual
The rungs of the ladder represent progress to higher levels of being through the spiritual
journey and the two uprights on each side symbolically represent duality, which is the realm that
the spiritual journey takes place.
Ladder symbolism is found in Hebrew, Persian, Hindu, Freemason, Egyptian, Scandinavian,
Chinese and Native American civilizations.
The Ladder signifies communication between the true self and the ego or the spiritual and the
Bruce Robbins has been making and exhibiting his Ladder works for over 40 years. This year he
has chosen to exhibit his Ladder motif in the form of an installation piece of 100 Hanging
Ladders around the island of Antiparos as a celebration and protest for love and peace. From the
artist’s 1977 New York exhibition of Ladder works, he quoted Genesis 28:12 “and he dreamed,
and behold a Ladder set up on the Earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven
Bruce Robbins, born in Philadelphia, graduated from
the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York City.
In the mid-seventies, he broke into the art scene as a new
image sculptor with a series of painted and constructed ladder and
seesaw sculptures. By 1979 he was producing a series of pilaster
and door sculptures, which combined sculpture and painting
signaling the post-modernist movement. Over the years
he has continued his interest in structure and painting using
architecture as a common theme.
During the mid-nineties he produced a series of works called
The Berlin Windows, which is on permanent display.
In recent years, Robbins developed a series of paintings with
buildings and primary shelters as his subject matter, as well as
free standing sculpture and painted and constructed works called Wall
Reconstructions, which serve as a meditation on painting and sculpture.
What thoughts come to my mind when I see Lydia Venieri's work? That Sculptors are the oldest and the youngest of this world's children. They play with stone, with lava, with argil just as they would play with the toys of the man of the future.
Lydia Venieri, born in Athens, is a multi-media artist whose work ranges from sculpture to installations incorporating painting, photography, video, the Internet and even the iPhone. Her work is inspired by everyday mythology and symbolism, and is presented in units with titles such as Platonic Big Bang, Telluric Manifesto, Anima Mundis, Planet Exodus, The Last Conflict.
“I create universes and landscapes where I project stories, conspiracy theories related to the media and mythological legends.”
In 2000 she was awarded the Academie Francaise Medal for Sculpture. She studied at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, in Paris. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide including the George Pompidou Center, Manifesta Rotterdam, Circulo de Bellas Artes Madrid, Gallery Asbaek Copenhagen, Cultural Centre of Stockholm, National Gallery of Greece, Athens Olympics 2004, Ancien Musee Archeologique Municipalite de Thessalonique, Centre for Contemporary Art in Dordrecht Netherlands, New York Public Library, and Art in General. Since 1997 Venieri has been based in New York where she has created her trilogy: Hibernation, Forever After and The Dolphin Conspiracy a sculpture installation and video series. Her photo series, War Games and See No Evil have toured in the US, Europe and Asia. Venieri is often commissioned to create set designs for theaters in the US and Europe. She is represented by Stux Gallery in New York and Gallery Terra Tokyo, Gallery Vanessa Quang in Paris, and Gallery Isabel Aninat in South America.
"I look at reality from a kind of Felliniesque point of view. By establishing some boundaries I bring out the concept. As in life and in dreams, reason doesn’t have much of a role: the story itself initiates the viewer in a deeper conscience. The beginning is the end, and the answer is the question, but some strong points bring up the physiognomy and the character of a new direction"