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Last chance to view Christos Dikeakos: Patisserie Duchamp: puis-je fumer at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

January 25, 2013

(Charlottetown) - Confederation Centre of the Arts invites the public for a last chance to take in the exhibition, Christos Dikeakos: Patisserie Duchamp: puis-je fumer this month at the art gallery.

Conceptualized by Vancouver artist Dikeakos and organized in collaboration with curator Ihor Holubizky, this exhibition combines drawing, collage, photography, and sculpture, and unpacks Dikeakos' 40-year interest in the work and thoughts of French-American artist, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), which includes Duchamp's work and his fondness for visual-linguistic playfulness and smoking cheap cigars. The parallel subject is smoking as social behaviour, its cultural dimensions and implications.

"You can't go to a contemporary art museum without seeing a Duchamp inspired exhibit somewhere in the mix," says Dr. Robert Belton, associate professor of art history at the University of British Columbia at Okanagan.

Dikeakos' objective is to neither celebrate nor demonize smoking, rather, to channel the narcotic and erotic aspects of a now socially unacceptable habit through Duchamp, metaphor, visual indiscretion, and the play of words.

Since 1969, Dikeakos has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia. His work is represented in numerous public gallery collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece.

Christos Dikeakos: Patisserie Duchamp: puis-je fumer goes up in smoke February 10.

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Photo cutline: Endless (column), 1970/1997, comprised of approximately 90 cigar boxes, installed floor to ceiling.