Syzygy. Solid Light & Timeless Motion | Apollon Glykas – Ilias Sipsas



Apollon Glykas – Ilias Sipsas

Curated by

Yannis Bolis

Coproduction: MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona

Opening: Friday, 13 October, 19:00

The compositions created by Ilias Sipsas and Apollon Glykas present an original concept of viewing, transforming and interpreting reality and the human condition. Their collaboration also forges a unified intervention, a multifaceted visual environment that evolves dynamically, an environment rich in content and open to multiple readings and diverse approaches. The starting point for the duo is their combination of photography and sculpture.

Simple, fortuitous, anonymous photographs with no artistic assertions or intentions, images that simply document and capture people and ordinary moments of our life and world -temporally and on paper-, such fragments of memory serve as the material and thematic axes of their work.

By enlarging, processing and dissecting these photographs, by selecting parts rather than the entirety of the images, by fragmenting and intervening on their surface, and, typically, by detaching their subject from its temporal and social context, integrating the images into wall or spatial constructions, they create a new condition defined by its coherent character. However, in their use of photographs, they maintain their individual, distinctive style, with each establishing his own sensibility, perspective and aesthetic.

Ilias Sipsas explores the analogies between photographic and physical/real space. His large-scale photographic collages conceptually communicate with his sculptural constructions, in which he resourcefully combines objets trouvés with an assortment of materials (metals, clay, plaster, stones, glass, wood, plastic). Often, his works make structural use of light and are distinguished by their materiality, elegance and brittleness, their Dadaist spirit and their subversive-surrealist mood.

Apollon Glykas’ works originate from a process of connections, as he works with various materials and techniques. His projects combine photographs (often from his personal archive) with metal elements that allude to technological culture, such as antennae, struts, parts of communication systems, bases. He uses these elements as they are, without interfering with the texture or colour of the material. Meanwhile, motion and light play a key role in his work. The indeterminate -in terms of their intended use and purpose- constructions where the photographs are embedded are constructivist in their approach. These surprising and paradoxical encounters between constructions and photographs create narratives in which time is the dominant dimension, with the notions of the past and future positioned at their core – these images-“messages” are fragments of an antediluvian life in a future world.


Ilias Sipsas

Ilias Sipsas was born in Athens in 1981. He studied Marble Craftsmanship at the Preparatory and Vocational School of Fine Arts of Panormos Tinos (2005-08). He continued his studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he was granted a scholarship. He graduated in 2016. In 2020 he made his first solo exhibition (Terra Lumina) in Athens, at the Ekfrasi – Yianna Grammatopoulou Art Gallery. In 2021, alongside Apollonas Glykas, they made the exhibition called Syzygy-spatial cuts and merging orbits (Nykyaika gallery, Tampere, Finland). He participated in group exhibitions (Karga, Ekfrasi – Yianna Grammatopoulou Art Gallery· Rebetiko, Municipality of Athens Art Center, 2022· The Eye & The Finger, Cartabianca, Arles, France, 2015, et al.), collaborative projects and artistic residencies in Greece and abroad. In 2014 he was a founding member of the Petra Luna musical collective which was made up mainly of visual artists.

Apollon Glykas

Apollon Glykas was born in Athens in 1983. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (2005-12). He has presented part of his work at solo exhibitions (INHALE “notes from behind a window”, Ekfrasi – Yianna Grammatopoulou Art Gallery, Athens, 2022· Past the plasmatic oasis, with Andreas Kallis, Visual Artists and Art Theorists Association – phytorio, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2014· Showcase, The Office Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2011, et al.) In 2021, working with Ilias Ipsas, they put on the exhibition Syzygy-spatial cuts and merging orbits (Nykyaika Gallery, Tampere, Finland). He participated in group exhibitions (Karga, Ekfrasi – Yianna Grammatopoulou Art Gallery· Rebetiko, Municipality of Athens Art Center, 2022· The Eye & The Finger, Cartabianca, Arles, France, 2015· The Symptom Projets, Amfissa, 2017, et al.). In 2019 he was awarded by ARTWORKS, the Stavros Niarchos Artist Fellowship Program. He collaborates with architectural and graphic design firms creating installations and visual structures and has worked as a photographer since 2000. At the same time, he has been teaching drawing and painting since 2010.

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