Press Coverage of Exhibition SKEPSIS, summer 2020
Interview with John Faraclas for allaboutshipping.co.uk
Mary Adamopoulou, The arts August of Spetses, newspaper TA NEA
Despina Savvopoulou, Anargyrios & Korgalenios School of Spetses opens up, newspaper Eleftheros Typos
Maro Vasiliadou, Artistic creation all over Greece, newspaper I Kathimerini
5 Art events to see by the sea, Ta Nea tis Technis (The Art Newspaper Greece) online edition
Vasiliki Doukoumopoulou, Art is Calling: the inspired art exhibitions that take place on the Greek islands, Glow.gr magazine
PRESS RELEASE for Exhibition SKEPSIS, 3 August – 10 September 2020
The Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses presents from Monday August 3rd the exhibition SKEPSIS, with works by sculptor Nikolas, curated by art historians Annita Apostolaki and Anastasia Manioudaki, inviting visitors to a philosophical walk around its gardens.
Inaugurating the artist’s activity in Greece, the series of works that will be exhibited focuses on Nikolas’ concern for the future of mankind in an age defined by the rapid development of technology and machine learning. But beyond the juxtaposition of New Technologies and Man, existential anxieties play an equally important role in the work of Nikolas, as feelings and thoughts are perhaps the only things that still cannot be mapped out technologically, being unique for each human. These works unfold the full spectrum of Nikolas’s references, which stems from the countries in the four continents where he has lived and travelled: taking a primitivistic approach, he is inspired by the minimalist aesthetic of Protocycladic figurines and the dynamic movement of Minoan sculpture, as well as the art of indigenous peoples and the ancient civilizations of Middle East.
As the curators note on the text accompanying the exhibition: “Carrying with him the experience of Saudi Arabia, Nikolas contemplates philosophically the impact that these new possibilities will have in our lives, following the footsteps of Bernard Marx (main character of the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley). The potential seems endless, but despite the awe (see sculpture Wow) that the artist feels for the emerging Brave New World, the persistent question that runs throughout his work is: in the end, how much independence will humans have when everything, even their feelings, could be predicted by machines?”
In this context, the gardens of Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses, which now operates as a model Educational, Cultural and Sports Convention Centres, will be functioning as an arts “Plato’s Academy”, promoting fine arts, as the School did for decades, as well as science, with the presentation by James D. Watson and Francis Crick of the double helix of DNA at the School’s auditorium being one of the pinnacles of its activity. During their walk, visitors are invited to recognise through the whispers of the rustling leaves notes from the music of Iannis Xenakis, one of its famous students.
Nikolas (b. 1961, Athens) lives and works in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Following his studies at the University of Maryland and the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos, he creates sculptures in bronze and, more recently, in wood. He has presented his work in three group exhibitions in Saudi Arabia (NWA Art Gallery, 2019, Artists of KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Jeddah 2019 & 2020) and has been selected to participate in the 13th Florence Biennale (2021) in Italy. His works are part of private collections.
NIKOLAS – SKEPSIS
Opening: Monday 3 August, 7:30 p.m.
Duration: 3 August – 10 September
Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses
T: 22980 72306
NIKOLAS BRONZE SCULPTURES by Anastasia Manioudaki
Anastasia Manioudaki (BA History & Archeology, University of Athens, MA Art History, University of Sussex) presents the first series of sculptures by Nikolas.
A member of the Association of Greek Art Historians, she has worked for the National Gallery of Art (Athens) and the 4th Athens Biennale AGORA (2013). She has taught Art History in the Municipal Art School of Aghia Paraskevi and online for Iversity (Berlin). She was assistant curator of the exhibition Inferno of George Pol. Ioannidis at the Italian Cultural Institute (Athens, 2017-2018), where she did a lecture on the artist’s work. She has published articles on the Greek art newspaper Ta Nea tis Technis and ελculture.gr. She was recently among the winners of the 2nd short story competition of prestigious bookstore IANOS, which published her story.