Apostolos Karakatsanis’ black and white artworks, that are on show in his solo exhibition with the intriguing and playful title “flat drop fall flat”, show that with all intents and purposes the artist essentially plays with this enormous path and can follow it and create without the use of color.
By Efi Michalarou
Precisely Apostolos Karakatsanis, by limiting the use of color in of white and black, which on the one hand may look like a restriction and on the other to be liberation, Apostolos Karakatsanis has the freedom to travel on a personal path, rigorous and minimalistic, on the red thin line between looks like and is. In this body of works Apostolos Karakatsanis creates new optical illusions, which while is touching op art, as his work progresses and develops in space, the viewer determines that it’s just nearby. As the artist says “My work explores issues of image construction through visual reinterpretations of the theoretical principles of modernist art as they were posed in the writings of critics who examined it. The concept of the colour field, the relationship between musical frequencies and visual art or the debate around the concept of the minimal object as it emerged after the mid-1960s are the fields of research for my painting. Part of this is my attempt to convey experientially the diffusion of light through the vague boundaries of colour fields, as well as my research into the effect of parallel lines and their densification on visual perception. I use optical tricks on the perception of volume and depth with the aim of triggering open readings of the image, by moving back and forth between the real and the imaginary, the specific and the abstract, the concrete and the deconstructed, and by juxtaposing a brash, dazzling light”.