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CM: The Figure of Dimitris Koukos belongs to a series of paintings from the period 2005-2006, in which the human form is reduced to a mere suggestion. Naturally, such Figure resulted not out of observation or even imagination, but of an inner need. The result is characterized by spontaneity, in keeping with the artist's wish to preserve the Figure's quality of freedom, which would not be had he insisted to describe it further. It is interesting that Koukos interprets the Figure as a mass, into which he would like to breathe life. As a matter of fact the Figure was so far removed from his intention that he finished painting the work in a horizontal format, before deciding to turn it in its present upright form. From the start he aimed to avoid creating anything referential. He was interested not in description, but in answering the question "what is this" and "how is this". The representational quality - if any - ensued on its own. All of a sudden a portrait began to be formed. The visual gestures were amassed one next to the other, leading to an attractive composition. The Figure turned out to be organic enough to endow the work with certain legibility. The composition comprises of masses whose boundaries are defined by black shadows. Black color mingled well with the green, ochre and white stains. The successive layers of color clearly convey the impression that this work was not meant to describe, but rather to suggest. The Figure belongs to 'non finito' (presentable state of unfinishedness) type of works. Koukos decided to leave some parts of his work unfinished, preserving its original purity, because this is its truth. Characteristically he claims: "if I rectified my works I would deceive them".
[Megakles Rogakos 05/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens