“Paradise Lost – Lost Paradise”
Constantinos Patsis’ exhibition
Cube Gallery, for the month of November, hosts the new work of the artist Constantinos Patsis,in his solo exhibition entitled “Paradise Lost – Lost Paradise”.
Nikos Vatopoulos, journalist, writer and co-curator of the exhibition, writes about the Lost Paradise of Constantinos Patsis,under the title “A Treaty of Freedom”:
“Among the shadows of a memory which is sometimes latent, while other times asserts its rights, Constantinos Patsis advances with a sui generis autobiographical attitude in the mapping of a treaty. This pact seems to be dictated by memory, but is mostly pushed by an onward motion. For Constanstinos Patsis, the palimpsest of his journey so far contains all that fractal load of a long process to reach adulthood. His artworks, at the “Paradise Lost” exhibition, which are currently displayed in Patras, in Liana Zoza’s beehive of contemporary art, Cube Gallery, depict strength and tenderness, a deeply introspective and personal distillation.
By spreading a vast landscape studded with autobiographical references, scouring meadows of reminiscence and clearings of contemplation, Constantinos Patsis presents himself as a creator with a solid mood of reconciliation. It comes to offer places and ways of co-habitation to all those heterogeneous features that demarcate a path of inherent contradictions. As is the case with every attempt at introspection, Constantinos Patsis approaches that point of personal retrospection with mixed feelings of melancholy and contemplation.
In Constantinos Patsis’ artworks lurks a mournful aura even when the gaze is trapped in bursts of light. The vertical streaks that define the interminable horizon of each project, lines that start from scratch and head to infinity, enclose as grains or wounds, the numerous mortal creatures that flicker. It’s like a constant reminder of a perpetual regression. The references to the illusory geometry of Op art and the vivid, dense, monochromatic motifs, on the edge of an optical delirium, coexist with origins from lakes of emotional truce. These “attitudes” invite the long avenues of childhood and adolescent daydreaming, along with all the badges, the escutcheons and the medals of a gradual adulthood.
Associative recalls of scenes from real life or from daydreaming, stand out and assert position. As leitmotif, Constantinos Patsis’ Angels reminiscent of the art of cemeteries, they become winged, sexless shadows on a verge of perpetual twilight. Their forms are traced through the membranes of memory but the element that is present is the constant attraction-repulsion against the persistent ambiguity of matter and spirit, masculine and feminine, protection and threat, light and darkness. They provoke the need of beauty, exacerbating it to a point of anguish.
The Angels of Constantinos Patsis’ art works, as enduring reminders of mortality and immortality, provoke the questions of futility. Skulls appear parenthetically, as fragments of a libation in the ritual of the obsessed Vanitas, birds bring back the sense of the elusive, shadows the impression of a memory and a presence.
In all of his works, Constantinos Patsis’ organizes niches and chat counters. He expands networks, suggestive or symbolic. He invites Joseph Beuys, shatters certainties and issues into a landscape with loot from the history of art. He reoccupies plundered cities which are now free from darkened galleries. He restores a sense of bliss, and with an almost impulsive attitude, he mixes his materials, inks, pencils, crayons, and redesigns in an alloy of contemplation and groan, a new field for rebooting.
If one can give a sense of Constantinos Patsis’ art, it could be the “Omnia vincit Amor!” but with the awareness of the rough route. This hybrid autobiographical mural, full of faces, totems, shadows and ephemeral flashes, converges, ultimately, to the freedom of self-determination and the belief that “Paradise Lost” is nothing more than the version of a reflection in the mirror.”
Constantinos Patsis’ was born in 1981 in Ioannina. He studied to the School of FineArts – Department of Visual Arts and Applied Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His first two years of study he attended the workshop of Evangelos Dimitreas. The attendance continued in the workshop of Makis Theofylakopoulos, where he graduated in June 2006 with excellent. He has presented three solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. His works are at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Florina, at the University of Ioannina, in the collection of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, in the Beltsios Collection and in many private collections in Greece. Since 2008-2010 he has completed postgraduate studies in the history and art theory while he is currently a PhD candidate. From 2008 to 2011 he teaches painting and art history at TEI of Epirus. Since 2012 he teaches in primary education.
Opening: 09/11/2018 at 20.00
Duration: 09/11/2018 – 08/12/2018
Exhibition Opening Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00
Wednesday & Saturday: 10.00 – 14.00
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Address: 39 Miaouli Street 26222, Patras, Greece
Tel: 2611110069 Mobile: 6945399754
Media Sponsor: KROMA magazine