Kostas Sahpazis

"Every Rigid Body"

April 6 – May 19, 2016


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The Bernier-Eliades Gallery, is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the greek artist Kostas Sahpazis, on Thursday, April 7, 20:00-22: 00.

Kostas Sahpazis is a contemporary sculptor. He is an artist that uses, what one may call, new materials and new media, yet in its essence, his process is strongly based in the predominantly plastic techniques. The works start at a full draft, which are in turn transferred successively to different materials. This process presents both the final design and material and the intermediate stages of creation. Therefore, the remains in every sculpture become the witnesses of this process. Overlapping coatings of materials offer multiple skins which sometimes tend to reveal, instead of concealing the inside. Break-ins in form and design justify the existence of the work’s surface. It is in the surface of the work that lies the essence of its substance. Kostas Sahpazis uses volatile materials but each time with a creatively transgressing way, approaching their limits.

He leads materials into a situation of mimicking behaviors and qualities in order to lend them properties that were never presented before. He constructs essential and solid bodies whose composition results from more than one material. A blending which was not aimed to happen, as the materials coexist while preserving all their original properties and they are bound together by pattern and color. What is important in Sahpazis works is the use of void and the management of the forces that hold the surface of the objects.

These two elements produce an image that is intensely perceived in the last layer and serves as the main revealing element for each work. Through the pliable raw material, the alternating forms, the assembling of elements and the produced forms, the viewer’s experience becomes tactile and although the works welcome an exploratory touch, the fealing of touch is already satisfied merely by sight. Every object, each work of the exhibition, every rigid body, a unit of an open set, realizes its fragile nature, and its called to function as a completed organism when it is nothing more than an instrument performing a specific operation: to interact with the viewer, to place the viewer into a process of observation, to define the position before it and finally to seek and receive continuous readings.



Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1977 Lives and works in Athens

2004-2009 School of Fine Arts, Athens, sculpture prof.George Lappas
2002-2004 Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, sculpture, prof. Rolf Wicker

2013 8th Deste Prize recipient, Deste Foundation, Athens Greece

One and Two-Person Exhibitions
2016 (forthcoming) Sheep of War, (with Ilias Papailiakis), curated by Nikos Mykoniatis, Geni Tzami, Thessaloniki
2016 Every rigid body,  Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens
2015 Old-Eyed Premiere, Radio Athènes, Athens (solo)
2013 What a Tailor can Do, Statements, Art Basel, June, Melas Papadopoulos (solo)
2012 The Gift of Screws, Melas Papadopoulos, Athens, May (solo)
2011 Vitrina project, OpenShowStudio, Athens.
2010 When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog (with Dora Economou), Six D.O.G.S, Athens.

Group Exhibitions
2016 Hypnos, curated by Afroditi Panagiotakou, Elisavet Pantazi, Theophilos Tramboulis, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Pasqua Vorgia, Onassis Cultural Centre

2015 TERRAPOLIS, curated by Iwona Blazwick, Garden of French School at Athens, Athens, Commissioned by NEON Foundation for Culture and Development D.Daskalopoulos. / Rims and Frontiers
curated by Evangelia Ledaki, The Symptom Projects, Amfissa & Delphi.

2014 Trickster, The variable practice, curated by Κostis Velonis and Alexandros Psychoulis, Antonopoulou gallery, Athens. / Occupy Painting, curated by Max Henry, AutoCenter, Berlin. / The Kennedy Bunker, REH-Transformer, Berlin.

2013 April, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK. / Deste Prize, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. / Hell As Pavilion, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. / Sculptural Narration, curated by Dr. Erika Wacker Babnik, Whitebox, Munich. / The Mediterranean Experience: The Mediterranean as a spatial paradigm for the circulation of ideas and meaning. An introduction, curated by Denys Zacharopoulos,
4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.
/ At Table and in Bed, Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos, Athens.

2012 RenBen2012, The Renaissance Society, Chicago. (benefit) / Utopraxia, The Art Foundation, curated by Evangelia Ledaki, Athens. / Petrosphere , Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow. / Three works design for new hotel, New Hotel, Athens. / Abstraction after Abstraction, curated by Maria Maragou, Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens.

2011 Sneak Preview, Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos, / AthensSymbiosis? XV Biennale de la
Mediterranee, Hotel Ariston, Thessaloniki, / ReMap3 The Auction, Municipal Art Gallery, Athens (benefit).
/ Petrosphere, Galini, ReMap3, Athens. / The Non-Existent Hand, Galini, ReMap3, Athens. / All that melts into air is solid, curated by Galini Notti, Elika Gallery, Athens. / Books Unfolded, Studio Visits, Berlin. / Epekeina, curated by Theophilos Tramboulis, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, / Athens Artists for Athens Pride/ Auction, The Breeder, Athens, Greece (benefit).

2010 Drawing in Sculpture, Kappatos Gallery, Athens. / Konteiner Project 354-“About Love”, Six D.O.G.S, Athens. / Late Summer Spectres, curated by Dimitris Dokatzis, Kokino Limanaki, Rafina, Athens. / Sculptural Narration, curated by Dr. Erika Wacker-Babnik, in collaboration with Denys Zacharopoulos
and Alexios Papazacharias, Alex Mylona Museum -Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. /
Celebration, curated by Dimitris Antonitsis, Alex Mylona Museum -Macedonian Museum of
Contemporary Art, Athens

2009 Alpha Exotica, curated by Dimitris Antonitsis, Hydra School Project, Hydra. / Permutations, curated by
Christoforos Marinos, Living-room, Project Space, Athens.

2008 Digital Romance, (Aris Stoidis collection), Art Forum Gallery, Thessaloniki. / Entropia, Kappatos Gallery,
Athens Family-loss, Tint Gallery, Thessaloniki.

2011 The Non-Existent Hand, Galini, ReMap3, Athens

2015. Deste 33 Years: 1983–2015, Published by Deste Foundation. / kostis velonis, Gliptikh ths epithimias, Kuriakatikh Augi. 2013. Deste Prize 2013, Deste Foundation Athens, pp. 42-53 (catalogue). / Stephanie Bailey, Art Basel, Part I, Return to the Art(s), ocula, June 14. / Aoife Rosenmeyer, Art Basel, art agenda, June 14, (color illustration). / Annegret Erhardt, Die Neuen, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, June 8, (color illustration) Vassiliki Tzevelekou. / Oles oi morfes ekfrasis gia to elliniko Turner, I Efimerida ton Sintakton, 29 January. / Despina Zefkili interview with Nadja Argyropoulou, Art & Culture, Athinorama, 24-30 Ianuary. / Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos, Mia proti matia sto Vraveio Deste 2013, Match the tapestry, LIFO.  2012. Danai Dragonea, Kostas Sahpazis/Unpredictable  Results, Ozon magazine, October. / Stephanie Bailey, Kostas Sahpazis, Reviews, Modern Painters, October. / Rania Georgiadou, To Stripsimo tis Vidas, Exhibitions, People and Ideas, Vogue Hellas, June. / Katy Diamond Hamer, Kostas Sahpazis@MelasPapadopoulos gallery, Athens, www.eyes-towards-the-dove.com, 19 June. / Iliana Fokianaki, To doro tis bidas tou Kosta Sahpazi, Proto Thema, 21 June. / Stamata Dimitrakopoulos, Kostas Sahpazis: Ta agapimena tou erga Texnis, Match the Tapestry, lifo.gr, 12 June. / Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos, Art Talks: Kostas Sahpazis, Match the Tapestry, lifo.gr,12 June. / The Gift of Screws, Planning Ahead, Athens News, 1 June. / Minas Minatsis, Kostas Sahpazis, The gift of screws, eternal-optimist.com, /  31 May Ioanna Gomouza, Kostas Sahpazis stin MelasPapadopoulos,  Athinorama, week of May 30. / The Gift of Screws, Exhibitions,  ελculture.gr, 14 May. / Krista Kostantinidi, Afairesi meta tin afairesi, Estia, 12 Feb. / Stephanie Bailey, Abstract Further Abstraction, Artforum.com, Criticks’ Picks. 2011. Despina Zeykili, I ishys en ti enosei, Athinorama, week of November 30. / Symbiosis? XV Biennale de la Mediterranee, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (catalogue). / Theophilos Tramboulis, Epekeina, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens. /(online catalogue). 2010. Alexios Papazacharias, Celebration, Alex Mylona Museum – Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, (catalogue). How to Hide a Studio under the Carpet / A Discussion between Kostas Sahpazis and Dora Economou, kaput, issue No.09. 2009. Dimitrios Antonitsis, Alpha Exotica, Hydra School Project, Hydra, (catalogue). 2005. Dialogues II, Theater Amore, (catalogue). 2003. Germination 13/ Free Ingress: Establishing a Scenario, (catalogue)