Nikomachi Karakostanoglou-Boutari wonders throughthe collections of MARTINOS antique store. Fascinated by it’s unique character she attempts to approach this exhibition with a two-part role, this of the curator and that of the artist. She selects to highlight different pieces from the collection in an attempt to develop a dialogue between the maximalist character that defines an antique store and the minimalism of her drawings.
She installs her nudes inside the ottoman room, she develops a composition of female portraits from the 19th century until today, while, fascinated from the exuberant of the “hellenistics” and the intense feeling of philellinism for the “golden era”, that they provoke, she recomposes them by installing them next to her own golden drawings. Her minimal forms, three-dimensional and transparent, full of intense colors, reveal a well hidden pluralism, that communicates with the diversity of the antique store.
Nikomachi was born and raised in Athens.She studied Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business. She pursued her studies in London where she attended the B.A. in Public Art at the Chelsea School of Art and the B.A. (Hons) inFine Art: Sculpture at the Wimbledon School of Art. During her studies she evolves the notion of “Sculpting Space”, a design concept that will unfold throughout her artistic career, while in 1998 she founds SculptingSpaceStudio.
In 2011 she departs for Shanghai where she works intensively on restaurant design and branding. Meanwhile she studies Chinese calligraphy through which she explores new forms of capturing water and transparency. Since her return from Shanghai she works exclusively on her drawings, challenging herself with the scale of her artworks and with the materials she has been collecting during her journeys in Asia. For Nikomachi notions like light, movement, frustrating rhythm of everyday life and silence consist the main inspiration of her art and design works
Thursday 22 March 2018, 7:00 pm