CM: Ioakim Sidiropoulos' Without Title work of 2007 belongs to a series concerned with contemporary socio-economic-political reality, ironically using some of its own typical constituent components. With unprecedented simplicity Sidiropoulos recomposes extracts from magazines or newspapers and integrates them by application of spray paint. Sidiropoulos' intention is to charge with significance images offered inconsiderately in the field of mass information. His art reveals a preference for specific images that appear familiar and homely to the general public. For Sidiropoulos images available through the press constitute a vocabulary ideally suited to move from reportage to the visual art field. On his imaginative reconfigurations, he builds relationships that cause surprise and rigor for the naturalness of the newly formed reality's significance. He uses black spray to care fully remove worthless data that link the images with their inferior source, and endows them with a new identity that appeals to our emotional subconscious.
In the present composition's bottom section sways a female bust, attracting light on its voluptuous breasts between the sensual locks of hair framing the shoulders. However, the position where the head is expected, above the central part of the composition, is dominated by a clear trace of a human skull rid of any feel for sensuality. The contrast is magnificent and mysteriously appeals to the subconscious. The idea resonates with the theme of Death and the Maiden - a common motif in the Renaissance picked up again later in Romantic and Gothic art. The unexpected composition betrays the obscured truth that life and death are harmoniously married with each other and form part of the same portrait.
This collage is composed of two images with three pieces of paper. The artwork's irregular boundaries is a typical feature of all collages by Sidiropoulos and betray the artist's all-important tendency to move from the source of his material - the press' pure space, where the page is perfectly squared - and to open up another dimension that will host the new imagery.
[Megakles Rogakos 04/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens