Giorgos Kontis

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Intervals of Stale Time

Neither Innocent Nor Guilty

2017

2015 - 2016

Wir sind im Bilde series

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Blinky Palermo series

Eurocontrol

Caesuur

2012 - 2014

CY Twombly series

2009 - 2011


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



In suspension and with a sense of imminence, the interval might be figured as a coiled spring, seemingly in stale time and inertia, and with a pregnancy that doesn’t necessarily relate to the time before and after.
The interval is a threshold, a moment of stillness, a time with a distinctive sense of finitude that renders it a cluster within time with a paradoxical sense of autonomy. It is a time of anticipation and it is the feeling of waiting that becomes characteristic in it; an absence that becomes present and something yet to come that remains always elusive.

A self-contained time in between times, a no-time that becomes the ground for a different function of things to take place. In the interval, in parenthetical time, things may be on hold yet they are still able to move without necessarily the directness toward a specific purpose, and in a manner that becomes able to form its own figures; a mixture of boredom and fascination.
It is there where language seems to find a ground to function beside prosaic constraints –does the same happen with painting as well?

Sideways is perhaps a way this could be approached; on the margin and with the flexibility this may offer, beside any constraint or heaviness of needing to follow a dominant, pre-set narrative. Seemingly purposeless and rather pointless, without this though suggesting that they are meaningless or of less importance, with the pointless exactly being a part of their function and identity. Gestures and movements that are made and taken in a sense of stillness and inertia, become liberated from causality, with the elusiveness of things that move, occur and happen within the gaps; in stale time and with the flexibility offered by it.


 

 

 


 

Exhibition view  

Giorgos Kontis (right),
with Works by Hiu Tung Lau (left) and Diego Delas (middle)

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Exhibition view  

Giorgos Kontis (right)
Diego Delas (middle and left)

 

 

 

 
 

 

Exhibition view  

Giorgos Kontis (left)
Hiu Tung Lau (middle and right)

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Untitled
2017
Encaustic on linen, mounted on wooden frame
app 42 x 38 cm

 

 

 
 

 

Untitled
2017
Encaustic on foil laid on canvas
46 x 36 cm

 

 

 
 

 

Untitled
2017
Stretched synthetic fabric with glue
46 x 36 cm