Costas Tsiknis “Zoubera… and other stories” – 07/05/2015 – 27/06/2015
Three new collaborations marked this year’s season for Medusa: the emerging artists Elli Koutsoukelli and Costas Tsiknis and the mature painting of Yannis Kontaratos. Their presence and their work added a new prospect for Medusa at this difficult juncture. With faith in its existing associates and trust in the new collaborations, Medusa Art Gallery contemplates the artistic horizon with optimism and wishes everyone a happy spring.
Thus on Thursday, May 7 at 8.00 in the evening Maria Demetriades will have the pleasure of presenting the work of her new associate, Costas Tsiknis.
A neo-pop narrative characterises the art of Costas Tsiknis, as Ap. Artinos writes: “Entries that exhaust —and are exhausted at— the surface of their image. Painterly gestures that occupy the space and demarcate their spots. What is deposited on the painted surfaces of Tsiknis is the repetitiveness of the moments as they are brought together in the hologrammatic allure of a magical image. The fluorescent colours, the black light that supports them and a decorative aesthetic make up an imagery that lies beyond painting and, ultimately, beyond the image.”
Olga Papacosta writes in a text on the artist: “The works of Costas Tsiknis point to a pagan world in which the distinction between living and inanimate does not exist. The miniscule, repetitive forms on the frame are no less live than the figures inside the box. There is life in the microcosm and the microcosm alike; in both the invisible and the visible. The artist stands at the border between the two worlds as an intermediary, mediator, a medium”.
Costas Tsiknis was born in 1961 in Amfissa, where he lives and works. A self-taught artist, he has been practising painting since 1999.
2004 ¨Journal¨, Cazo café, Amfissa
2003 ¨The beginning of a strange story…¨, Bit Pazar Market, Thessaloniki
2003 Amfissa Cultural Centre
2002 ¨A little fairy tale¨, Cazo café, Amfissa
2014 ¨The symptom project¨, Al. Delmouzos Residence, Amfissa
2011 ¨Tiptoeing¨, Art Chamber of Greece, Plaka, Athens
2010 ¨Handiwork – visual propositions¨, Amfissa
2008 ¨Retrace II, Art walk through Kimolos¨
2007 ¨Retrace¨, Art walk through Kimolos¨
2004 ¨Still film¨, Oneiro Cinema, Ι. Rentis, Piraeus
2003 ¨All colours for the port¨, 3rd Festival, Port Authority Warehouses, Piraeus
2002 ¨All colours for the port¨, 2nd Festival, Alipedou & Makron Tichon 5, Piraeus
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 –14:30 & 18:30 – 21:30; Saturday 11:00 – 15:
“ZOUBERA AND OTHER STORIES”
COSTAS TSIKNIS AND THE ‘OTHER COSMOS’
1. There are boxes that contain jewellery. The boxes of Costas Tsiknis enclose cosmos. The word cosmos is Greek, and means ‘embellishment’ and ‘order’. The aim of creation is to generate beauty, but before beauty can be born each component of the cosmos must first find its proper place.
2. The box as a space is meant to confine and preserve, to protect and incorporate, to maintain and save.
3. The artist, almost in an alchemist’s manner, turns ordinary raw materials into precious ones. His ‘cosmos’ is one of abundance. Everything can become the material of art; everything has a right to immortality.
4. Inside the boxes stories unfold, snapshots from ‘another cosmos’ whose starring figures originate in the world of fairy tales, comic books and pop culture; excerpts from narratives that claim their autonomy by acquiring new, joyous meanings thanks to the unexpected layout the artist had in store for them.
Yet the true protagonist is Joy.
5. The works of Costas Tsiknis reflect a pagan world where the distinction between inanimate and animate does not exist. The miniscule, repetitive forms on the frame are no less alive than the figures inside the box. There is life in both the microcosm and the macrocosm, on both visible and invisible levels. The artist stands at the borderline between the two worlds as a mediator, a medium.
6. Yet how innocent is this word? Its phosphorescent childishness, its fairytale quality, its booming joy — are all these products of the artist’s imaginary escape into the cloudless realm of Good? If so, what is the Evil that all those countless ‘eye beads’ are trying to ward off? Who is the bad wolf that threatens Little Red Riding Hood? Ultimately, is there any Good and Evil or is it all one thing in the ‘other cosmos’ of Costas Tsiknis?
7. The boxes are born out of circumstances; they are the children of Fate, nods by friends, presents waiting to be opened. (Others call them the Underworld’s sly tricks.)