(1985), KALAVRYTA, GREECE
I JUSTIFY MY EXISTENCE (2016)
Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI
Loneliness and repetition, wild nature and tranquillity thread through the work of Spyros Charalampopoulos. Physical labour struggles with nature. The environment, both as a concept and as a material, has an effect on the loneliness people feel, provoking violent actions and a need for connection. For eight hours, the artist will labour over hunks of wood, battling to sculpt them with human-made tools, to bring them down to his scale, to reshape them. The movements and sounds made may be repetitive, but the dimensions and forms of the sculptures are in constant flux.
Spyros Charalampopoulos studied marble sculpture at the Panormos School of Fine Arts of on the Greek island of Tinos, graduating in 2006. He has won awards for his painting and sculpture work from the Ministry of the Aegean Sea and Islands, and in 2006 won first prize from the Holy Church of the Virgin Mary on Tinos. He continued his studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts until 2012, where he attended courses on plaster art and copper casting, as well as scenography. His work deals with various aspects of art, such as poetry, performances, installations and monumental sculpture, in order to examine the ways in which materials, words, objects and motions transact. He has participated in several group exhibitions and performance acts in Greece, Serbia and the USA. His work has been honoured with awards by various institutions. Many of his art works are exhibited in private collections and public spaces.
Performed as part of:
NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016