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IOANNIS MAVRIKAKIS
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: The specific presentation can be seen as the closing of a full circle, or perhaps as the completion of an upward aiming double helix where each spiral is one thematic entity: the descriptive / visual under the title “Ballad about Life in a Big City” and my most recent collection of abstract works under the title “Atermons” (perpetuals, endless). * Also a few samples-references about my most academic works and technics (portraits-paintings-drawings) “BALLAD ABOUT A BIG CITY” This specific work is just a melancholic song, a ballad about life in the big city. The characteristic name “Seeing Through” -the title given to two compositions- could actually be the recurring typical theme that penetrates through all the sequence of the works, revealing not only the conceptual / semantic approach but also the actual process of form development. As the artist creates his forms, he also reveals how much his glance is longing for a deep understanding of nature: his glance is focused intently, with pleasure and nostalgia, on the contrasts of the surrounding scenery that is euphemistically called “civilization”…The human form, where present, is fleeting, faceless and lonesome, providing only the spark that “ignites” the dramatic element in the picture. The whole has been meticulously planned and orchestrated to evoke puzzling questions about the deeper meanings of life, death and time. “ATERMONS” The concept and philosophy of this work is following two intertwining directional lines: The first one is aiming towards the composition of abstract forms, as these are subliminally perceived through the traces of some evanescent motion, employing more or less traditional elements and techniques, defining and bringing out the form with the use of light and shadow. Te second conceptual axis, reintroducing the artist’s natural rhythm, is an exploration of the possibility to slow down his momentum through a “relieving activity”, that is, by allowing him to mark his personal authentic trace on the painting surface, then leading him further to the subsequent search for the physiology of the form, through the “conversation” with this developing and evolving trace. The work under the symbolic title “POLLOCK’S MONUMENT” is a tribute to the pioneer of modern art and at the same time an attempt to create a landmark “monument”. It is suggestively addressed to a public that is not looking for the revival but for the meaningful utilization of past conquests. Ballpoints Atermons / "Where I Am" project Part of my “Atermons” thematic is the (Ballpoints Atermons) on smaller size, which are made, not without a reason, with a simple BIC on plain copy paper. This part of work, named BALLPOINTS, serves the philosophy, as well as my need for action in the time “here and now”. Ioannis Mavrikakis
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  • POLLOCK'S MONUMENT
    Mixed technic on canvas
    2 X 2 meters
    Belongs to the " ATERMONS" thematic.

  • Seeing Through I
    Acrylic on canvas
    "Seeing Through" belongs to the thematic :"BALLAD ABOUT A BIG CITY"

  • The trolley
    Oil on Canvas
    "The trolley" Belongs to the thematic: "BALLAD FOR A BIG CITY"

  • Seeing Through II
    Acrylic on Canvas
    "Seeing through" II Belongs to the thematic: "BALLAD ABOUT A BIG CITY"

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  • Getaway

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  • EPEKEINA
    Graphite on paper
    2,75 meters
    Belongs to "ATERMONS" thematic

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