Sic transit gloria artis

Deus ex machina by Konstantinos Patsios
39.4″x39.4″; mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.


Sic transit gloria artis

at Alma Contemporary Art Gallery in Athens, Greece
2 November-4 December 2021

Is art’s glory transient? What occurs when Michelangelo’s David converses with Henry Moore and the technique of collage? Who among them all is the creator within a multidimensional synchronic narration?

Through his new visual work of collage and painting on canvas, Konstantinos Patsios’ answers invoke a multitude of pictorial styles and references from the history of art and the contemporary consumerist universe. Portraits evocative of an obsolete glory, at times recognizable, and at others voluntarily anonymous, discard their familiar properties and coexist within the neo-pop culture. Praising the ephemeral through fractional bodies, drawings and newspaper clippings, Patsios creates unexpected yet seamless connections on the canvas, upon a new hyper-textual level. The constant reminder of futility leaves hovering questions as to whether the new resulting narrative reflects progress, or the myth of the fall. In his paintings, the multiple subjects, gendered, animate or inanimate, do not overlap one another, each claiming their space. Paraphrasing Barthes, the canvas becomes a multidimensional space where a variety of writings -none of which are original- mix and clash. Hierarchies are confuted; heroes are replaced by other heroes or their reflections. Thus transits the glory of art…

The exhibition was curated by Katia Papandreopoulou.

(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)


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