About the work of Evangelos Papadopoulos by Dr. Peter Lodermeyer
In recent years, Evangelos Papadopoulos has repeatedly shown spectacular, mostly large-format space-specific installations, including a highly esteemed work at the Düsseldorf Kunstpalast Museum during the NRW 2012 exhibition.
From simple, commercially available building materials such as gypsum boards, roof tiles, monorails and screws, the artist mounted over-arching structures extending far into the rooms, which seem to be dominated by complicated movement tendencies pointing in different directions.
Without using neither plans of construction nor pre-fabricated sketches, Papadopoulos intuitively builds his temporary large sculptures by "spinning" them into the space, spontaneously and in a constant confrontation with the particular place, its atmosphere, its functions and light conditions.
By breaking the gypsum plates into irregular pieces, a exciting contrast is created between the smooth surface of the industrially manufactured material and the irregularly running fracture edges. Constructive, destructive and subtly organic embellishments already enter into an inseparable, hybrid connection on this elementary level.
curiously scaly surface, the stilted supports made of monorails, the numerous
openings and breakthroughs create a rugged, half-built, semi-natural
large-form, which can not be fully revealed in all its aspects, even when
viewed for a long time.
The main theme of the artist is form. Where does it come from? What ultimately determines the final shape in the intuitive, continuous dialogue with the material? From what subconscious depths, memories, and sources of energy does the shaping feed?
Papadopoulos also pursues these questions with his latest concrete sculptures. There, he uses different textile materials, including ropes and jute fabrics, which he twists into shapes that resemble the gnarled growth form of wine sticks.
He combines these elements together, immerses them in concrete, and makes them rigid into complicated shapes. The object emerges in a hanging state and only at the end of the process, gains the stability of column - like sculptures, whereby they repeatedly release latent anthropomorphic associations.
A form motif that this work has in common with the space installations arises from the artist's fascination for twisted movements, which in the case of sculptures arouse surprising reminiscences of Hellenistic sculptures and sculpture of the Late Renaissance.
This is also indicated by the exhibition title SERPENTINATA. The figura serpeninata, the "snake-like" figure turned into space, was regarded as the ultimate in sculpture art in the 16th century because it gives the sculptures a difficult movement in space, requiring the observer to view and perceive from different perspectives.
This also applies, despite all obvious differences to historical sculpture, to the work of Evangelos Papadopoulos. They also set the viewers in motion and give them new and surprising perspectives and partial aspects.