Reception for Terry Poulos’ “Art-iythera” at Hilton|Asmus

WindyCity Greek‘s Sports & Media Correspondent Terry Poulos is also an artist! His sculptures inspired by the world’s oldest computer are on display in Chicago.

On January 27 at 6:00 pm, attend a reception featuring our own Terry Poulos and his sculptures inspired by the Antikythera Mechanism, at Hilton|Asmus Contemporary in Chicago. These sculptures are part of the exhibition, “Inspired by Antiquity,” currently running at the famed River North art gallery.

 

 

 

COURTESY HILTON|ASMUS CONTEMPORARY
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Terry Poulos

A natural storyteller, native Chicagoan Terry Poulos, whose work is in the permanent collection of the British Museum, will recount the history of his inspiration and discuss the process of creating the ART-ikythera Mechanism and his other sculpted works Archimedes Vortex and Atlantean Continuum, at the reception on January 27.

Having closely followed science, math, philosophy, nature, and archaeology for 20 years, and having read myriad books and periodicals and combined with interviews and research/writing for feature articles on various scientists, Terry has acquired a profound appreciation for and insight into the sciences and humanities. He is a member of the Classical Arts Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, co-founder of Chicago’s Greek Media Club, and a Charter Member of the National Hellenic Museum.

Art-ikythera Mechanism

Artist, writer, inventor, and historian Terry Poulos presents his modern rendition of the world’s oldest computer, the Antikythera Mechanism, a hand powered astronomical calculator dating back to 205 BC.
The cast iron, steel, and painted patina “Art-ikythera” pays homage to an ancient example of ingenuity and technological innovation. On display at Hilton|Asmus Contemporary is the world’s first sculpture of what is considered the world’s oldest computer, the Antikythera Mechanism (est. 205 BC). The ancient device, strongly connected to the workshop of artisans directly working with the legendary inventor/polymath Archimedes of Syracuse (215 BC), had a complexity not equaled for 1500 years after its inception.

About the Anikythera Mechanism

The hand-cranked, bronze-geared device, confirmed by the construction of three separate working models post-2005, was an astronomical calculator consisting of 20 to 40 gears, cogs, and other accoutrements. Among other functions, it tracked motions of the five known planets of that era, predicted lunar and solar eclipses to the precise day and hour thousands of years in advance in accordance with its 18,000-year Saros calendar, and informed of various cultural events including when to host the ancient Olympic games every four years. It was a quantum-leap advance for its day, a mysteriously and bafflingly complex device which demands a rewrite of textbooks worldwide on the capabilities of the ancients.

Inspired by Antiquity

From the masters of the Renaissance such as Michelangelo and Botticelli to the Romantic painters of the 19th century, the art of ancient Greece and Rome has inspired artists for over 2,500 years. As Picasso painted the Minotaur repeatedly and modern artist Cy Twombly inserted ancient Greek words into his paintings, antiquity continues to act as a key impetus for contemporary artists.

“Inspired by Antiquity”, featuring a series of exhibitions, will parallel the Field Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition “The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great”. While “The Greeks” sheds light on the fascinating history of ancient Greece and Rome, “Inspired by Antiquity” illustrates the unbroken line of inspiration​ in art from ancient times to the present.


 

Hilton |Asmus Contemporary is located at 716 N. Wells, Chicago.  “Inspired by Antiquity” runs through April 29, 2016. 312.852.8200

 

 

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