Visual artist Dimitris Fragakis presents his third solo exhibition, titled Hey Pal, at Depo Darm Contemporary Art Space in Athens.
In Hey Pal, Dimitris Fragakis develops an allegorical and to some extent autobiographical story, through a large number of recent drawings, paintings and sculptures. This story unravels only fragmentarily around an imaginary Lake — where figures, images, findings and encounters shed some light to the ascetics and persistence of man labouring in the shadows and the mud. The artist describes his process as excavation and diving, and as such it takes place on the Lake’s edge, in other words in the microcosm that unfolds between the liquid and the solid, water and soil.
Most sculptures shown at the exhibition were made initially with clay, but were then moulded and cast with resin in the colour of clay. This technique allows the works to retain all the details of gesture on them during their making and also have the appearance of wet clay, as if they have just been formed. The same plasticity is evident in the exhibition’s paintings on different surfaces (wood, metal), where forms appear fluid and their outlines malleable. Meanwhile, the drawings reference the Lake around which the exhibition’s story takes place, either through the depiction of swimmers and water, or indirectly through the titles of the works.
Dimitris Fragakis was born in Thessaloniki in 1982. He graduated from the department of Mechanichal Engineering at the Institute of Technology in Kavala in 2006. In 2014 he completed his studies at the School of Visual and Applied Arts at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. He has presented his work in Greece and abroad at Fryssiras Museum, Action Field Kodra, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Tellogleio Art Foundation and Depo Darm Contemporary Art Space. The latter gallery is representing the artist exclusively. He lives and works in Thessaloniki.