Pavlos Tsakonas has a thing for shadows. Seriously.
Juxtaposing the real and painted shadows of various figured and objects, Tsakonas toys with our spatial awareness. At times, it is often difficult to discern where the real shadow begins and ends, which ultimately affects our relationship to his work. The industrial grit is mixed with a high gloss usually found in advertising, grounding the lonely figures and creating the visual confusion we hate to love. Tsakonas has a very unique way of combining imagery, creating a fun wonderland of a dreamworld within the gallery walls. I want to surf on a banana or own a tire with a diamond in it! Although, “iScream” (2010) is slightly disturbing in detail but is a great example of Tsakonas’ overall surreal style. Pretty cool, don’t you think?
Text by Marion Piper.