26/05/2011-25/06/2011

“Precario”

“Precario”

Zoumboulakis Galleries present “Precario”, the latest exhibition by Xenofon Bitsikas.

His latest work lays upon concerns presented in his previous work. The works are mixed media on paper (charcoal, acrylic, collage) and are based on two ideas: the conceptual use of collage and the painting as an installation in space.

Bitsika’s quest is always related to the concept of limit and its disruption: transparency, multiple layers and the “back and forth” succession, superposition and concealment are once again central in his work.

Working with the ideas of “on-laying” and cutting off,  his works function within the limits of painting and installation. In his work the advantageous but static position of the external renaissance observer is replaced by the dynamic condition of the internal observer and by the visual parallax. Paintings become three-dimensional; fragile installations and space-installations result into paintings that unfold and revolve around the observer.

The title of the exhibition “Precario” refers to the concepts of ephemeral, uncertain, fragile and that of vulnerable, concepts that are easily detected in this recent work.

Brief Curriculum Vitae:

Born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1963. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in 1994. In 2000, he obtained his Ph.D degree from the Facultad de Bellas Artes of the Complutense University of Madrid, on a scholarship by the Greek state. He works as an Associate Professor at the School of Fine Arts and Art Sciences at the University of ioannina. He has been awarded with several prizes in Hellenic and international painting contests and has presented his work in solo and group exhibitions both in Greece and abroad. “Precario” is his fourth solo exhibition at the Zoumboulakis Galleries.

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THE ARTIST
Bitsikas Xenofon

Born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1963.
He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in 1994. In 2000 he obtained his Phd degree at the Complutense University of Madrid, on a scholarship by the Greek state (his Phd Thesis was entitled ”Black and White as a visual arts composition”). Since 2000 he teaches Painting at the Department of Art Sciences of the University of Ioannina.
He was awarded Prizes in panhellenic and international painting competitions (1rst prize of the Spyropoulos Foundation competition, 1rst ...

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