CM: Costas Evangelatos' Signs are made of reused arms for light-fittings on traffic-columns, painted and wrapped up in drawn telex-rolls. The original purpose of these arms for public illumination, as well as the pun on the Greek term 'sima' (sign) - standing for as much an ancient tomb-marker as a modern traffic-sign - has a great appeal on Evangelatos. Initially the artist painted the pair of arms in red oil-color. Subsequently, he proceeded with an unusual collage using telex-rolls on the length of which he had drawn symbols, a process that renders the paper-rolls as individual art pieces. This collage refers to the wrapping of his models with drawn telex-rolls that Evangelatos uses in his live performances, which are typical of his art. The red undercoat, which is revealed here and there, accentuates the strength of the symbols drawn onto the rolls, and serves the purpose of a background.
The element that attracted the attention of Evangelatos at first is the bow-like shape of the Signs, which create various conceptual formations depending on their composition in space. They may be exhibited in a number of ways; as a floor-piece, on the wall, or suspended from the ceiling. The Signs upright and with their bend outwards create jambs for a metaphysical kind of door, whereas in a cross formation make reference to letter 'x' which symbolizes the element of variability. The whole concept of the Signs is founded on Evangelatos' personal investigation on the symbolism relating to archery, whereby the bow and arrows suggest inclinations and directions.
Evangelatos' Signs took part in an exhibition of Art Studio EST entitled Polyptych in 1996 at the Liberty Park Art Center of the Athens Municipality.