25.09.2013 - 09.11.2013

Kostas Roussakis - The truth is my love that I remember nothing

Elika Gallery presents Kostas Roussakis' new work, The truth is my love that I remember nothing.

Building upon his practice, which usually consists of ephemeral large-scale installations, the exhibition presents a single piece of work, a wooden construction that extends into the gallery space. A fishbone pattern floor is crafted out of the type of wood employed in the making of moulds in construction.

The material, as well as the technique, force the artist to take up the role of the craftsman – worker. As a result, manual labor becomes one of the basic themes of the work.

The fishbone pattern was first used in renaissance palaces, while it is now associated with bourgeois interior design and architecture. The roughness of the material is juxtaposed to the disciplined geometry, the ‘tamed’ shape.

The characteristic property of the material employed, namely its ability to be recycled and reused, resonates with the pattern, which, due to its structure, could extend infinitely, with no beginning or end.

The work focuses on the thin, dividing line between truth and reality, posing questions regarding its own nature.

Kostas Roussakis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1971. He studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts under professor George Lappas. Since 1996 he has been working at the National Opera House. In 2007 he presented his first solo project, «Pier Paolo Caminetti» in a basketball court in the area of Moschato. Roussakis has also participated in numerous group shows such as the second Athens Biennale, Loraini Alimantiri gazonrouge, Art Athina and Zone D. He lives and works in Athens.