Kostas Bassanos in his solo exhibition at Elika Gallery titled The Middle of Nowhere presents a series of works and an in situ installation, where it deals with the concept of space as it is defined and derived from textual references. The artist continues his research on the spatial properties of the text, its materiality, and concepts such as territoriality, horizon, landscape and habitat. Letters, words and text fragments inform his work, where a shift from content-specific to site-specific is attempted.
In The Middle of Nowhere, the notion of space – either as a utopian dimension or as the determination of a single physical point – arises through the condition of “reading” the works. The textual references used by the artist, such as Where Trees Never Grow (2018) and the in situ installation The Middle of Nowhere, are reformed and recomposed in space, underlining both their spatial status and their conceptual context.
Kostas Bassanos was born in Greece. He studied Sculpture at Accademia Clementina in Bologna (Italy) and MA Sculpture at Winchester School of Art (GB). He holds a PhD from University of Southampton (GB) and he teaches sculpture at The School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina (GR). He lives and works in Athens. Recent exhibitions (selection): Multitudinous seas, Fondation Hippocrene, Paris, France; 7th Benjing Biennale, Cina; The Garden Sees, Megaron, Athens; Back to Basics: Text, ENIA Gallery, Piraeus; Epigramma, Nitra Gallery, Athens; (Im)material Gestures, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy; Still (the) Barbarians, Eva International Irish Biennial,, Limerick, Ireland; Landscape Revisited, Elika Gallery, Athens; Overseas, ACG Gallery, Athens, Tender is the Night; CAN Gallery, Athens; Prophetia, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain; Pre-Text,, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens; Mehr als schein / Shining through, Zone D, Athenes; Silence, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens; Monodrome, 3rd Athens Biennial, Athens.