Nicholas Kambanis

(Athens, Greece)

It looks to me like a slice was taken out of a wall in a city. A power box with adjacent tools sits on the wall, slathered in colorful spray paint graffiti. Surrounding it is a cage of plaster; I believe it is meant to represent drywall. There is a railing in the back, just barely in view.

I grew up in a world of architectural ruins. From a young age, I was entranced by these structures and their history. It was an obvious choice to then use my love for architecture and ruins to create artwork that captures the unique and beautiful relationship they have together. 

In Ruins of Modern Society I attempt to bridge the gap between modern architecture of the Greek Islands and the ruins that are scattered throughout the country. The work uses primarily plaster and foam to juxtapose  modern and ancient architecture through the use of materials while also creating a sculpture that resembles the white stucco of island architecture. I also used decayed, waterlogged wood and frail rope to further the connection between modernity and the history found in ancient objects.

A plaster-white wall with stairs and railing leading up to a door. The door is entirely boarded up with thin strips of wood. The door sign reads “42” in a royal blue text. There is a hanging object-either a lamp or a bell-in the top right corner.

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