CM: The art of Kostas Tsolis is figurative in the main. The Portrait of 2002 began as a self-portrait of the artist based on a photograph from his adolescence. As the work was being produced, however, its identity was erased owing to its successive layers of intervention. As a mater of fact this artwork became multi-referential, since it became informed by external references from the artist's day-to-day experience. The Portrait turned out to present only a memory of the original picture's impression. Besides, Tsolis is concerned not with representation but with the feel that materials evoke. The head, enlarged many times to a monumental degree stares directly at the viewer's eyes. The picture's surface seems to open up or enter into another dimension with a psychographical and emotional charge. Its silver color yields light and somehow references the feel of aura that the television sometimes emits.
[Megakles Rogakos 10/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens