On Thursday, November the 7th, 2019, at 19:00, ROMA GALLERY is pleased to present theexhibition of Vassilis Skylakos entitled “here, there and everywhere”. The exhibition curated by the art historian Christopher Marinos, includes artworks from almost all periods of Skylakos’ artistic course. Specifically, there are presented the wooden abstract triplets (1963), the iron columns (1973), the still life made of plastic toys and packaging (1981), the encoloured metal sheets (1984), the round surfaces of wire spools (1989), the ready-mades (1994-1995), a series of collage projects (1988-1997), and a selection of handmade jewellery created by the artist. Finally, the Toy (1974-1975) is also presented, an original variation of Newton’s Pendulum that was in first place exhibited in group exhibition “A game proposal” organized by the art gallery “Desmos” in 1975.
Vassilis Skylakos (1930-2000) was a multi-dimensional artist, one of the most charismatic of the postwar generation. Besides a painter and sculptor, he was an interior decorator, jewellery designer and antique dealer. His work was identified by the art of assemblage, and was associated with various tendencies and movements, such as accretion, anti-art, environmental art, Junk sculpture, Mobile, neo-Dadaism / neo-Dada, Nouveau Réalisme and Pop Art.
Skylakos’ work is mostly based on emotion rather than on intellect. The habit of collecting useless and cheap and worthless materials found on the street market, indicates an unusual and special attraction to the material as a physical substance in general. In the case of Skylakos, this attraction was interconnected with the transformation and revitalization of wasted materials: “My work always started from this marginal point that something had been definitively useless and had lost every reason of existence and was totally out of order. I am interested in giving life to what is no longer needed and to make visible was does not exist”, stated himself.