Spiros Panigirakis is interested in the way in which presentational devices, furniture and organisational frameworks influence the construction of meaning, form and sociability. He has long engaged the role of the studio as a space of production in which results of artistic ‘fieldwork’ are synthesised and transformed. This research-led practice re-envisages situations of cultural and personal significance in the form of diagrams, mappings, manuals, texts and patterns as well as sculptural referents. Panigirakis often works with groups in both a curatorial and collaborative capacity to address the sited conditions of art and, when working on an individual basis, he alludes to these issues within the content of the work. ‘Garden states’ for example reflected on the relationships and rituals developed within the suburban gardens inhabited by Panigirakis’ parents and their peers. A functional sculpture, it contained diagrammatic drawings depicting networks of people and social systems, reflecting Panigirakis’ interest in the underlying structures of places and groups.
SPIROS PANIGIRAKIS completed a PhD in 2011 at the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University, where he has taught across the Theory Program, Sculpture, Painting and Drawing Departments. He was a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture in 2008 and 2014, and recent solo exhibitions include at Plinth Projects, Edinburgh Gardens (2013), WestSpace (2012), Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts (2010), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (2006), CLUBSproject Inc. (2006), TCB Artist Space Inc. (2003) and 1st Floor Artist and Writers’ Space (2001). He created a major new work ‘Garden States’ for ‘Melbourne Now’ at the National Gallery of Victoria (2013–14) and has been curated into numerous exhibitions throughout Australia over the past fifteen years. He was a founding member of the artist-run initiative CLUBSproject Inc. and established Australian Studies in 2014, a collaborative project with Fiona Macdonald that continues the turn to publication in the work of both artists.