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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015 15 FEATURE Untitled, falling – paired, enamel on steel (2013). L.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015 15 FEATURE Untitled, falling – paired, enamel on steel (2013). issues issues in a shocking way. The which artists have you been inspired by? GP: The method I used to create my current series of work was one of strict process. I formulated a preconceived set of rules and methods and followed them out accordingly for each separate work. As with my previous work - rather than creating a structural form based on numbers, within these works, I used the inherent ‘pixel’ information of each typed number (0 through 9) as the basis. I have been influenced by many artists and musicians and art styles: Sol Lewitt, Carl Andre, Steve Reich, minimal and conceptual art. The inspiration for this series of works was the Italian artist Piero Manzoni, and a project he created in 1961 titled ‘Living Sculptures’. NK: You say that your intention is to create a body of work that is free from the arbitrary qualities that art construction/production can seem to hold. Do you think that today's art (and artistic expression) have boundaries or taboos? GP: I think art has no boundaries or taboos. Some art was about shock value term ‘artistic expression’ legitimises and breaks the boundaries of what normally may be considered a boundary or taboo. Personally, I have tried to strip as much randomness away from my own practice and what I do, in an attempt to create something that becomes universal and can communicate across cultures. oo. h ce d NK: Do you believe that art is for everyone and all the social classes? GP: Yes I believe art is for everyone and all social classes. Certain art may be misunderstood or unfathomable, but it is ultimately there and open for all. nd What more should we expect from you? GP: If I look back on the past decade, anything can happen within ten years; I did not expect to live and work overseas for the last nine years so am happy to be open to opportunity to see what comes on offer. I am enjoying being back in Melbourne with my own family and hope I can continue evolving my projects and practice. I hope to develop a stronger public sculptural and artistic presence in Melbourne and Australia. My goals include the support of a commercial gallery, and also outdoor public sculptur pieces. I currently have works in the Montalto Sculpture Prize. Let's say a 10-year dream for me would be to achieve those things in Australia as well as have my work in a gallery in Greec NK: Where do you see yourself in 10 ye What are your plans, your future projects? ou? anything expect to e years y to g being y and cts ger ural e hose as rk ce. * The exhibition will run until 19 April. For more information visit www.georgepapadimas.com or www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/ events/george-papadimas Untitled (fold), enamel on steel (2012-2013). / years? jects? s of he nd ly Untitled, counting, cmyk, pigment print, Museo Cotton Rag (2010) George with his children Poli (Polixeni) and Tol (Apostoli) in the Montalto Sculpture Prize Park in Mornington Peninsula. Untitled, counting 90 degree rotation, enamel on steel (2011).
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