Henry Krokatsis - See Better Daze
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
DAVID Risley Gallery is presenting See Better Daze, the second solo exhibition by Henry Krokatsis, a London based artist and a graduate from the Royal College of Art – from January 18 to February 24, 2008.
Krokatsis began taking the discarded remnants of consecrated prayer candles from churches in 2002 when he recognised these votive ciphers for hopes, prayers and invocations as a highly charged meeting point of the metaphysical and the material.
The remnants of 4,321 of these candles have been melted down and reformed into a huge set of stag antlers, a wick coming from each tein. A seemingly practical object, it rests at odds with its physical and emotional presence.
In Leaderlight 2007, the aesthetic of the church is again reconfigured. Here, Krokatsis has collected hundreds of pieces of abandoned glass – from broken window panes to abandoned glass fronted cabinets found on the streets of Harlesden. These have been painstakingly cut and reassembled to form a large, complex patterned leaded window that conjures up a salvaged remnant from an out of kilter cathedral.
The construction of both these works rely on wilful repetitive action – selecting and collecting a volume of material reeking of abandonment or disorder and bringing it into a highly crafted, structured framework.
His work is a revelation of previously hidden associations found between our response to repetition and structure as both a framework for liberating the spirit – in prayer, chanting mantras or saying Hail Marys, for example – and to contain madness – as in an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
David Risley Gallery, 45 Vyner Street, London, E2 9DQ.