01 by Minas Kampasis

Artist Note

01 by Minas Kampasis postcardDuring this time of mostly visual – or to put it in a more correct way, digital – relations and situations, we all have felt these same relations and situations fade into the background of a screen and become flatter and more two-dimensional than we wish them to. In what way, is this portrayed in a wider frame, which may include a home, a neighbourhood, a society? Surely, in a frame as wide, we do not only count on our digital tools. Perhaps relations and situations were a bit linear all along.

Once we unravel a skein, we end up with a thread, a single line, and once we gather that line up, we have a new, single-line design. Then maybe, everything is relevant? And why not weave with our line? What will we end up with? What will we create? What will that mean to the person next to us? Everything IS relevant!
Human beings in a mob.
What is a mob to a king?
What is a king to a god?
What is a god to a non-believer?

Our single-line design is the human being, the mob, the king, the god and the non-believer.

It is like a DNA sequence, a single shape, yet many shapes. It forms monsters, dreams, ambitions, vanity, actions, characters, images and a plethora of concepts, which, like the skein becoming an embroidery, unravel and come together like the aspects of our own selves.

An endless dualism in the attempt of a Kafkaesque observation of modern cosmogony. With a series of allegorical representations, like another mirror of modern reality, concentrated pixels convey the image of imaginary creatures and dream associations with a black and white stimulus of grotesque minimalism and present an attempt to solve the biggest question that runs through human nature, which is:

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Online Exhibition

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Minas Kampasis

Minas Kampasis was born on 21 October, 1992 in Athens and grew up on the Island of Antiparos in Cyclades, Greece. From a very young age he loved to paint, especially with finger paints, covering both paper and walls. Growing up, his field of interest shifted many times, but his medium was always the same, paper and pencil. In June 2010 he graduated from the general high school of Paros and moved to Athens to attend freelance design classes with the aim of being admitted to the School of Fine Arts. Five months later he achieved his goal and is now a graduate of the school. In 2018 he moved to Amsterdam where he lived until 2020 when he returned back to Greece. The source of inspiration for him is the concept of neighbourhood and everyday life in it, regardless of scale; either it is about a galaxy or a city or an anthill, how the smallest elements have a separate and changing meaning for each of us and how their relativity affects us. His other interests are architecture, especially medieval, graphic design, comics, travel and he loves animals very much. He is based in Athens, where he lives with his dog, Leda.

Ο Μηνάς Καμπάσης γεννήθηκε στις 21 Οκτωβρίου του 1992 στην Αθήνα και μεγάλωσε στο Νησί της Αντιπάρου. Από πολύ μικρός αγαπούσε να ζωγραφίζει ιδιαίτερα με δαχτυλομπογιές, καλύπτοντας εξίσου χαρτί και τοίχους. Μεγαλώνοντας το πεδίο του ενδιαφέροντός του μετατοπίστηκε πολλές φορές, αλλά το μέσο του πάντα ήταν το ίδιο, χαρτί και μολύβι. Τον Ιούνιο του 2010 αποφοίτησε από το γενικό λύκειο Πάρου και μετακόμισε στην Αθήνα για να παρακολουθήσει μαθήματα ελευθέρου σχεδίου με σκοπό την εισαγωγή στην Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών. Πέντε μήνες μετά κατάφερε το στόχο του και τώρα είναι τελειόφοιτος της σχολής. Το 2018 μετακομίζει στο Άμστερνταμ όπου ζει μέχρι το 2020 οπότε και επιστρέφει στην Ελλάδα. Πηγή έμπνευσης για εκείνον αποτελεί η έννοια της γειτονίας και η καθημερινή ζωή σε αυτή, ανεξαρτήτως κλίμακας, είτε είναι γαλαξίας ή πόλη ή μυρμηγκοφωλιά, το πως τα πιο μικρά στοιχεία έχουν ξεχωριστή και μεταβαλλόμενη σημασία για τον καθένα μας και πως η σχετικότητά τους μας επηρεάζει. Άλλα ενδιαφέροντά του είναι η αρχιτεκτονική, ιδιαίτερα η μεσαιωνική, η γραφιστική, τα κόμικ, τα ταξίδια και αγαπάει πολύ τα ζώα. Έδρα του είναι η Αθήνα, όπου ζει με τη σκυλίτσα του, τη Λήδα.

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