Nudes Descending by Christos Linou


Nudes Descending is an abstract dance duet, oil on canvas painting. It depicts support of two characters descending down a flight of stairs, influenced by Marcel Duchamp, 1910 painting of ‘Nude Descending Staircase.’ The work is a direct consequence of Coronavirus and I painted the figures in risky decent down a complicated flight of stairs, based on the graphic lines of an Escher drawing. The painting has an op-art influence. It’s intentionally graphic in composition with the effect of a two-dimensional painting and illusionary perspective.

In redefining what I do as the artist and waiting in limbo in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have chosen transformation and staying creative in the sustaining of my practice and expanded my cross-disciplinary art skills in painting, music and writing.

As the choreographer the primary place of work is the dance studio, requiring body contact with other artists and during this time of social distancing, one can seem left out or forgotten and not of value. However, being accepted into the MAV Shelter project embodies the opposite to that thought, where the motto ‘we’re all in this together’ rings true and I’m delighted to be part of a program of artists, where we can be recognised during this time of solitary crisis.

I have been developing new creative practices. In particular, I have been painting as an extension of my choreographic practice through a self taught home-based learning system.”

Nudes Descending by Christos Linou

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All above artworks by Christos Linou

About Christos Linou

Christos Linou is a cross-disciplinary (CALD) artist with three decades of work as a professional dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, touring works in Australia and internationally. In 2013 he was awarded a scholarship for a Masters in Fine Arts from Melbourne University to research durational performance and created the work ‘Naked Peel,’ a 12-hour performance. In 2016 he graduated and presented his research at the Singapore Dance Symposium, it was published on IMMATERIAL by the Marina Abramovic Institute in New York and screened by (MAI) at the ‘As One’ Festival in Athens in 2017.

Linou has performed and choreographed for various companies including;  IHOS Opera, Balletlab, Companies in Space, Trax Dance, One Extra Dance, the Australian Opera and appeared on film and TV.  His co-developed Intertextual Bodies and the work ‘Act of Refusing to Dance’ was presented at the 2003 Melbourne Festival.  He was part of Dancehouse from 1994 – 2002, where he choreographed solo and group works, taught contemporary dance and was on the board. His community work includes artistic director for the 2010 Williamstown Festival, 2009 Greek Antipodes Festival, CERES Community Environment Park and Footscray Arts Centre.  His recent work, The Naked Ambassadors was commissioned by Temperance Hall for the 2020 Midsumma Festival.

Image credit: Christos Linou. Courtesy the artist.

Nudes Descending by Christos Linou is created for Shelter 2020.

Image credit: Christos Linou. Courtesy the artist.