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Atacama: a solo exhibition by Nikomachi Karakostanoglou-Boutari

The Atacama watercolors on paper are uplifting in their neutrality. Nikomachi’s original wash-out technique rises up to sub-divisions of indeterminate hues. The observation is filled with doubt: are the divisive lines across the frames open to osmosis? Can the perceived colors be clearly named? Still, despite the uncertainty, they emanate a sense of peace through their fading yet vibrant palette and supple over-layering. Atacama resembles no other desert. Its low temperatures, at any given time of night or day, produce tints of pastel that create a unique sensorial experience. This barren land has captivated Nikomachi’s vision and has become a fertile ground for her work. Her latest collection, inspired by a recent art residency in Atacama desert and presented at @ISNOTGALLERY in Nicosia, deciphers the mythical immensity of the desert through her eyes.
As the artist mentions:

“I came back from the desert with my eyes filled of Atacama’s blinding light. It was so intense and powerful that I closed them and I started capturing the vibrations that I lived the past 30 days. I tried to enclose in the water with my transparent inks the energy of the sunset as I enjoyed it every afternoon at 19:19. I was very interested in the common place that occurs when energies, forms and colors meet.”

Nikomachi is a Greek artist, who studied sculpture and public art in London. She is based in Athens and has lived and worked for three years in Shanghai. Her style of work is minimalistic in form, but maximalistic in context. Her brushstroke is elliptical and laden with symbolism. Being a sculptress, her abstract drawings are sketches of almost imperceptible three-dimensional animate forms.

Following the opening on Friday 6/12/2019, private viewings of the exhibition with the artist have been scheduled for Saturday 7/12 between 4-8pm and Wednesday
18/12 between 1-5 pm.



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