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Vassilis Karakatsanis

‘The Unknown Landacrylic & oil on canvas 100x100 cm.

‘The Unknown Landacrylic & oil on canvas 060x040 cm.



Vassilis Karakatsanis

‘Urban Materials’  acrylic & ink on canvas 040x028 cm.

‘Urban Materials’  acrylic on objects | construction



Vassilis Karakatsanis

‘Urban Materials’ & ‘The Unknown Land’

Painting & Constructions

> November 23 - December 8, 2006



In Vassilis Karakatsanis exhibition, that will be inaugurated in Trigono Gallery some basic components and axes of Pop Art are expressed through an artistic language, whose thematic content consists of symbols of the consumer society, where the urban environment and its syntactic is registered.
Catching and reproducing, through his personal stylistic idiom, the elements of modern urban culture, the artist comes to a fetishist contact with each of his object-model. The simple, monochromatic, white or neutral motives of his works bring out the brightness and polychrome of the "objects" that dominate in the canter of each picture with their intense shades.
The matiera of each material, that composes these objects, whether it is wood, or textile, is explicitly attributed in a mystic, but not photographically realistic way. The materials' textures bring out their substance - the warmth of fine-crafted turning wood or the soft texture of the textile. The chromatic range of the artist, even though it concerns modern "objects", has intense influences from his place of origin. The blue and light blue colours of textiles remind of the blue and azure Greek sea and sky. The warm orange-yellow and brown earthy tones of wood irradiate the warmth of sun and Greek land. On the contrary, the elaborate drawings on the textiles of the armchairs, the clothes and the rest objects, as well as their morph plastic depiction, have the character of the European culture and fashion of the middle of 20th century, as well as certain elements that declare the style and aesthetics of previous centuries, as for example the chairs of Louis XV type. Furthermore the influences of the European movement of Surrealism are obvious, in regard to the way that the artist isolates the different objects in front of the austere monochromatic motive and presents them hanging, abstract from any syntactic element of the environmental space.
The intense geometry of the check designs of dresses, umbrellas, tablecloths and textiles that cover chairs and armchairs, are presented in such a calligraphic way, that remind sample book for modern wallpapers and textiles. The artist’s persistence-subsistence for the attribution of the texture of textile, wood and generally the design of objects is recognized as a constitutive element of a post modern perception of Pop Art, where the pop character is connected with the art movement of New Realism. Finally through the approach above and failing human forms from the specific unit of the artist's work, the objects are reduced to fetish elements and through an artistic metaphorical approach, they obtain personality. The relation between human and these material objects, even if it is not represented on canvas, is eloquent in a second conceptual level. Furthermore the relation between human existence and the passions and the consuming necessities is approached with distinguishable irony. What do the clothes that we wear or the objects that we have in our houses have to tell about our personal identity, character and particularities? Karakatsanis brings these elements in a first level, either through his canvases or through his constructions and so he places with a vital way and a painting language the above questions, concerning the urban perception and the conscious or subconscious wishes of person.


Βασίλης Καρακατσάνης

‘Urban Materials’ & ‘The Unknown Land’

Ζωγραφική & Κατασκευές

> 23 Νοεμβρίου - 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2006



Στην έκθεση ζωγραφικής και κατασκευών του Βασίλη Καρακατσάνη, με τίτλο, urban materials’ & ‘the unknown land’, που παρουσιάζει η Αίθουσα Τέχνης Τρίγωνο από 23 Νοεμβρίου έως 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2006, εκφράζονται, μέσω μιας εικαστικής γλώσσας, οι δύο τελευταίες ζωγραφικές ενότητες του καλλιτέχνη.

Η πρώτη ενότητα ‘urban materials’ 2005  αποτελείται από σύμβολα της καταναλωτικής κοινωνίας, κάποιες βασικές συνιστώσες και άξονες της Ποπ-αρτ, όπου καταγράφεται το αστικό περιβάλλον και το συντακτικό του. Αναπαράγοντας, μέσω του προσωπικού του υφολογικού ιδιώματος τα στοιχεία ή τη συμβολική της σύγχρονης αστικής κουλτούρας, ο καλλιτέχνης έρχεται σε ένα είδος φετιχιστικής επαφής με το κάθε αντικείμενο-μοντέλο του. Τα λιτά, μονοχρωματικά, λευκά ή έντονα, φόντα των έργων, αναδεικνύουν τη φωτεινότητα και την πολυχρωμία των ‘objects’, που κυριαρχούν στο κέντρο της ζωγραφικής επιφάνειας.Η δεύτερη ενότητα ‘the unknown land’ 2006 αφορά ένα εικαστικό ‘παραμύθι’, τοπία μιας χώρας ιδανικής μακριά από τα προβλήματα της καθημερινότητας, μια ουτοπία, ίσως ανάγκη ή όνειρο για μια αστική πραγματικότητα  γεμάτη αισιοδοξία, χρώμα και αθωότητα.


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