By Maria Gregoriou
Is Not Gallery in Nicosia will be hosting the first solo sculpture exhibition by Dimitris Ikonomou under the title Both Truth and Not until the end of the month, and asks all of us who wish to see what an artist can make of chaos to view the exhibition.
In his first solo exhibition, Ikonomou concerns himself with perception as opposed to reality. As the reality of the world is chaos, the mind must find ways to filter it and find patterns in what seems to be random sensory input. Ikonomou explores this premise through three different conceptual series, namely the Totem, Light Portrait and Drip series.
The Totem series was inspired by man’s earliest attempts to create a symbolic connection with his physical environment. Each totem is structured along the mathematical proportions of human facial features, designed to abstract the recognition of the face by the mind’s eye upon first glance.
The sculptures are constructed with uncoated iron, emphasising our inextricable connection with the physical world.
The Light Portrait series turns to the mind’s need to create a framework for disorder, to break the world down into conceptually manageable segments. In this series the artist uses glass as his main material, allowing the audience to locate patterns and aesthetic imagery within the random interactions of shape and colour.
The Drip series attempts to visually recreate the human process of memory. The sculptures in this section were created by pouring layer upon layer of epoxy resin over certain objects. Each object represents a memory and each new layer represents an occasion when the memory was recalled.
Ikonomou studied Art History and Creative Writing at Brown University in the United States, and continued his studies in Sweden in Industrial Design. Following the completion of his studies, Ikonomou worked as a commissioned sculptor for Piet Hein Eek Studio in Eindhoven, Holland, creating busts of immense proportions out of waste material from Eek’s workshop.
Both Truth and Not
Solo exhibition by Dimitrios Ikonomou. Until October 24. Is Not Gallery, 11 Odysseus, Chrysaliniotissa, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-343670