South likes: Nikos Sepetzoglou at Elika Gallery, Athens

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, Trough, 2014, scrap wood fragments, string and enamel paint

South likes: Nikos Sepetzoglou at Elika Gallery, Athens
I Have a Diver Down II
Elika Gallery, Athens, Greece
5 June – 12 July, 2014

Text by Michelangelo Corsaro

For his second solo show at Elika Gallery, Nikos Sepetzoglou fantasise on the associations between nautical communication and financial markets. The abstraction of the flags used in the nautical communication code is employed by the artist to represent another kind of abstraction, which is the one of prices and values. A piece titled Seasons in Brent report the prices of oil from 2000 to 2013, accurately displayed over 7.8 meters, in a language made of coloured geometrical shapes. The nautical communication code is in fact a recurrent reference in the show, borrowing the title from the white and blue flag that signals the presence of a diver in the water. A boat-shaped sculpture refers again to the oscillations of markets with white-painted thick letters composing the word “trough”: literally a container for animals to eat and drink out of, a long hollow in the earth’s surface, but also the lowest point in a curve denoting a variation of value. A big sculpture of a black diving helmet hanging from the ceiling introduces a psychological element with its anthropomorphic presence. Sepetzoglou thinks through images and speaks through metaphors: playing with the act of submersion and emersion, a very personal an intimate human dimension is intertwined with the ups and downs of stock options. And in fact these works embody a sentiment that might well be quite diffused in Greece, torn night and day between the sea and financial markets.

http://www.elikagallery.com/exhibitions/nikos-sepetzoglou/

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, Seasons in Brent, 2014, enamel paint on wood.

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, On the shoulders of giants I have a diver down, 2014, scrap wood fragments, string and enamel paint

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, I have a monkey diver, 2013, enamel paint on wood

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, Thunder, 2014, enamel paint on wood

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, I Have a Diver Down II, 2014, installation shot, Elika Gallery, Athens

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, I Have a Diver Down II, 2014, installation shot, Elika Gallery, Athens

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Nikos Sepetzoglou, I Have a Diver Down II, 2014, installation shot, Elika Gallery, Athens

 

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