The inspirational seed for the series was planted years ago when visiting The Met in New York, Nicolas was struck by a series of works depicting falling figures by the late 16th, early 17th century artist, Hendrick Goltzius who - not unlike Nicolas himself - chased after technical and poetic understanding of different media and apparatuses with a quiet but fierce ambition.
Nicolas’ remarkable way of pickling bodies in their surroundings so the former cannot be recalled without the latter has made his one-off works into much sought-after artefacts by lovers and collectors of photography around the world.
For ‘DISGRACERS’ the ante is upped when the inspiration of a painting becomes a photo, which then becomes an abstraction in and of itself. You might see bodies falling any which way into liquid voids, classic forms being catapulted into timelessness and conflicting energies finding a calm that may or may not be everlasting, all coinciding with portraiture redefined.
But, you will only get to do so if you show up to the exhibit at Alice Gallery. No extra ‘editions’ of these works are made available after the show. Luckily, it’s more than worth the trip because Nicolas Karakatsanis’ aversion to reproduction of his own art is only matched by his distaste for stagnancy. While pushing against the currently accepted norm of the virtually endless cloning of artwork, he also relentlessly thrusts against his own boundaries as an artist and artisan. Visitors of the exhibit will be rewarded with a progressive and exclusive experience that can never be relived. Meaning: don’t look for a hashtag. There will be none.