My challenge while creating this body of work was the cross pollination of two different subjects explored to hit a frequency of my inner dialog, the void of discovery.
Seeing that the panther is a bit aggressive in it’s form, and the playful innocence of the cartoon Felix, it evokes me to explore it as an artist. The typography within Black Panther Party logo resonates a positive powerful response within in me, seeing it evokes a timeline of historical events, to the human condition of resistance.
The “Felix the Cat” is the representation of balance of light, the inner child with the endless imagination, always in good spirits and off to save the day.
Thus, the curation of two positive images manifests a positive environment / surroundings. Then the question: if you break down the structure of these images and re-identify them, do they take on new meaning?
It works the same within a language, a vocabulary, any structure that constitutes visualization.
Kostas Seremetis 2012
In the exhibition, HUMAN KIND, the common image of Felix The Cat is reinvented and reconstructed not only in form, but with surreal settings and offbeat character depictions. Kostas adapts the elegance and style of Felix and ads the powerful iconography used by the Black Panther Party – a symbol of self-defense and revolution.
This ambitious body of work embodies exploration of signification and reconstruction; Kostas sub-consciously paints with no personal language but the meaning of popular images. He shifts the architecture of both subjects finding the way to integrate them within the same structure. In the end, the construction of these new narrative paintings creates their new identity. The composition of the new provides a fresh world of values, meaning and activity. Here all boundaries are faded and the principles of the previous forms reestablish in thought and experience.
Six grand scale works on canvas, two massive mural size painting, and introspective video work, creating nine lives, that will engulf the gallery walls from October 4 – November 10. We are proud to present the artists first solo exhibition with Anonymous Gallery and his second presentation in Mexico City, after his inclusion in The Draw Show, at Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico. The gallery will be producing a 52 page catalogue including the entire series of works.
Kostas Seremtis / Human Kind / Anonymous Gallery / 173 Zacatecas Col. Roma Norte / Cuauhtémoc / Ciudad de México / Mexico 06700