Elika Gallery presents the second solo show of Nikos Sepetzoglou, who once again raises the flag of the nautical communication code ‘I have a diver down’.
Divers, diving suits and nautical flags build up the exhibition, which serves as an allegory of the relationship between the individual and the market. At a time when individual and social conscience with regards to happiness and prosperity seems to be directly linked to the course of the economy, the paintings and sculptures on show act as metaphors, while notions of emersion and submersion, ascent and descent act as common denominators.
An oversized, worn diving suit made up of pieces of scrap wood sewn together forms the focal point of the exhibition. It coexists with and is juxtaposed to a lustours and perfectly formed image of a codified indicator of the pirce of oil, as this was recorded per month from 2000 to 2013. This statistical record is captured manually in the 7.80 long work through the use of the symbols of the nautical communication code that refer to numbers 0-9. The absolute chromatic vocabulary of these symbols as well as their simple juxtaposition gives the whole the feel of an abstract field pointing to the often incomprehensible images of numbers and graphs one comes across in statistical and financial tables. Τhe form and image of the diver captures a side of the hyman psyche, while the diving suit is presented as synonymous with emersion and submersion, acting as a metaphor for the fluctuating human psychology.
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