To see a block of flats as a cave

I started counting distance through fatigue.
Νot experience but fatigue.
I start counting with that that is caused by distance to the neck and feet.

We live in the city.
We live in the block of flats.
We see the block of flats as a cave.

He said:
Look at these plants below. What it sounds like?
From this man? Outside.
What is it heard from inside the door?

I asked them :
When is it that you are not yourselves? He replied :
I am not myself when I change a room!

I started counting distance through fatigue.
Not exactly perspective but fatigue

(© Andreas Ragnar Kassapis, 2021)

Kalfayan Galleries present the solo exhibition of Andreas Ragnar Kassapis titled ‘Τo see a block of flats as a cave’.

In his solo exhibition at Kalfayan Galleries, Andreas Ragnar Kassapis presents a diverse installation consisting of paintings, text and archival photography. At the same time, the exhibition is accompanied by a music work that is presented and available digitally.

As the artist observes regarding the new series of works: "My subjects are landscapes or at least ‘areas’ that keep within them the objects inseparable. I continue with my investigation into the concept of Nuance and consequently into the concept of Mood (Stimmung); the concept of Duration (la durée) and consequently subjective experience and lived time; the notion of distance and therefore the concept of perspective and its distortions ".

Having psychoanalysis, phenomenology and contemporary cultural criticism as basic methodological tools, the work of Andreas Ragnar Kassapis focuses on themes concerning the mechanisms of perception, memory and representation. Having as a starting point cognitive theories of object perception, his paintings raise questions about the imprint of technical images on perception and memory in modern times.

Andreas Ragnar Kassapis (b. 1981) studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens from 1999-2004 where he lives and works. His work includes painting, drawing, photography, text, sound and music. He has also worked on set designs and as a teacher. Solo shows: ‘melting snow as if in a room’, Andreas Ragnar Kassapis / Konstantinos Hadjinikolaou (Tavros, Athens, 2021), ‘Songs’. Athanasios Argianas / Andreas Ragnar Kassapis (Hero Gallery, Amsterdam, 2018), ‘Breakwater’ (Independent Space, Athens 2015), ‘How Can one Remember Thirst?’ (Loraini Alimantiri Gallery, Athens 2011), ‘Bones are Tight’ (Loraini Alimantiri Gallery, Athens 2008), ‘Numb’ (Loraini Alimantiri Gallery, Athens 2006).Selected group shows: Documenta 14 (Art Director: Adam Szymczyck, Cur. Katerina Tselou, Athens / Kassel 2017), ‘Reverb: new art from Greece’ (cur. Evita Tsokanta – Eirine Efstathiou, Boston, 2014), ‘Hell as Pavillion’ (cur. Nadia Argyropoulou, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013), ‘Heaven’, Athens Biennale (cur. Christoforos Marinos, Athens, 2009), ‘Anathena’ (cur. Marina Fokidi-Marina Gioti, Athens, 2006). Selected set designs: ‘Era Povera’, Patricia Apergi (Athens 2012), ‘As my Heart in a Storm’, (Bijoux de Kant, Athens, 2012). ‘Blossom’, Agni Papadeli Rossetou. Selected music works: Rooms in negative-Lucky Boys published on tape.(untitled. 1) 2019. Rooms in Negative, published on vinyl (2009), Look and the Beast, Music for the dance performance by Agni Papadeli Rossetou.