Projects by design
Georgios GreeKalogerakis has been constructing stories made of steel. Beginning with the “S” Project (Stainless Steel Sound Sculptures), he has chosen to use this industrial material, the possibilities of which he has been continuously exploring. Design, being the principle of his technique, is translated via laser cutting and engraving, two procedures that are highly demanding when applied to metal. Precious and luxurious, this seemingly “unapproachable” material gets familiar dimensions through the artist's perspective. The sculptures depict accuracy and the determination of movement as well as the confidence of the artist to express himself through this sole material, without further additions. Furthermore, the use of a mirror surface intensifies the extroversion of his art, expanding its boundaries and enhancing its communication with the outside world.
As a basic prerequisite for the creation, GreeKalogerakis sets the concept of his works. While formatting the idea, his concern doesn’t lie in achieving aesthetic perfection, but to convey the quintessence of his inspiration. In his compositions, through geometric, abstract forms, man is reflected in various roles, be it an enigmatic or a symbolic figure. His presence is accompanied by disparate objects, architectural and technological elements and rarely by plant or animal representations.
GreeKalogerakis reproduces, paraphrases, redefines and comments the visible world. He observes people and their behavior and draws inspiration from everyday contexts, social life and historical narratives. His theme may be derived from a verse of a song, another time, a painting or even patterns of ancient Greek sculpture and pottery. In any case, through his art he also explores his personal identity, acting via self-reports. His sculptures shift through fantasy and reality, dream and nightmare. The instinctive and emotional aspect of his theme is incorporated via the hard and cold surface of steel, resulting in the creation of projects that include binary and opposing sides. In Nietzschean terms, the artist succeeds, as another tragic poet, to combine the Apollonian with the Dionysian element. In other words, the sculptures portray a successful coexistence of the rational and the preposterous, good measure and extravagance, harmony and anarchic spirit.
Prolific and artistically mature, Georgios GreeKalogerakis defines through his art, his artistic personality ever clearer. The choice of stainless steel, theme selection and his overall artistic practice have given a distinctive originality to his creations.
Anastasia Karamichail / Art Historian – Museologist