SPYROS MOSCHOUTIS Self-Portrait 2004 [R/V/P] - x +
MosS2004bott

CN: MosS2004bott

MT: mixed media: acrylic on paper on found PVC (42x38x58)

TX: inscribed with brush at lower right of frame in English <Self Portrait>, below in Greek <SMoschoutis>, below <2004>, inscribed with felt pen at rear of picture <To dear / Megakles, great connoisseur / of visual developments, / with respect / SMoschoutis / 23/12/2008>

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos - 2008

CM: Despite Spyros Moschoutis' known tendency of creating anticonventional artworks, his present Self-Portrait stirs the beholder in an unusual way. Moschoutis framed painted portrait in the found seat of a toilet using the lid as counterbalance. As a matter of fact on the lid he created an action painting - white colour dripped on black background - as homage to Jackson Polock. It is worth admirating Moschouti's inventiveness and his belief that "anyhting may lead to visual delight". Moschoutis' genuine thought transforms the worthless remnant of a disused toilet into a masterpiece of contemporary art. He claimed that the frame, as it inflates around his face, serves "as a 'life jacket' from the pointlessness of art". The painted head has a plaintive bent and looks at you in a mood of invitating you to his side. His deep eyes express one of art's great issues today, the tension of not recognizing - if not underestimating - any good work.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2008]

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