Zoumboulakis Galleries present the exhibition entitled “Window”, a solo show by Kyriakos Mortarakos.
Works of various scales revolving around interiors and text writing are presented. Writing in his work is very important not only as a written meaning but also as a plastic value.
The materials he chooses are canvases, MDF, paper, pastel and oil.
His problematic evolves towards the bipolar shape of the notion “window” which contains the ‘interior’ and the ‘exterior’ at the same time. As the artist points out: “I don’t know what comes first in mind when I think of the word ‘window’, the ‘interior’ or the ‘exterior’. The coexistence of these opposites fertilizes imagination. There’s no specific project. The work either constitutes a unity or not. Small or large scale work preserves its autonomy. It declares its reason of existence and based on this declaration, takes its shape”.
The Art Historian and Art Critic Haris Savopoulos writes about Kyriakos Mortarakos: “‘Writing’ is of great importance to Mortarakos! During coffee, in a walk, in moments of relaxation, bent over a paper, he writes. He writes using the primitive movement of the repeated engraving made known by Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze).He writes with the aggressive retrogression of a child’s writing, loading tremors of silence and punching, black silences and dramatic intervals of silence on a piece of paper. And his painting was always like that and always will be: A Writing”.
Born in Athens, Greece, in 1948.
1970-1976 -Degree in painting, Athens School of Fine Arts.-Degree in Fresco, Athens School of Fine Arts. -Degree in stage design, Athens School of Fine Arts.
In 2005 he became Regular Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Fine Arts, Department of Visual and Applied Arts.
From 2015 he is Emeritus Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Lives and works in Athens. His works can be found in Museums, National Gallery, Banks and private collections,...