- Kalfayan Galleries
Artist: Bill Balaskas
- ReMap4 ADDRESS
43 Kerameikou, 2nd floor
Tel: +30 210 7217679
Mob: +30 6937 462184
Tel: +30 210 7217679
Mob: +30 6977 452031
- PERMANENT ADDRESS
11 Haritos Street
Images and texts courtesy of the artists and the gallery
At ReMap4 (2013) Kalfayan Galleries present Bill Balaskas’ solo exhibition titled, ‘Critical Mass’.
Text by Bill Balaskas (London, July 2013):
There is something intrinsically ambiguous in (a) “critical mass”. In its original context, in nuclear physics, the term refers to the minimum amount of fissile material able to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. Sociology later appropriated “critical mass” in order to describe the number of people needed to adopt a social innovation in order for it to survive and grow within the public realm. Thus, on the one hand, a potentially catastrophic power; and, on the other hand, a power of change. But, who can claim that a catastrophe cannot also constitute a force of change? And, then again, is change by itself always a positive force?
Greece, and many parts of the world, have been experiencing both socioeconomic catastrophes and major changes in the last few years. Quite often, it is practically impossible to distinguish between them. Critical Mass is a reflection on and a reflection of this volatile world.
The works presented in the exhibition are testimonies to a historical conjuncture in which mass movements are re-emerging, yet, the element of criticality appears to be more important than ever for their success. In today’s case, “critical” in relation to “mass” does not simply raise the question of quantity, but, also, that of quality. This is why, in most of the works, human presence is merely implied; rarely declared or openly advocated. However, the visual absence of the masses and the limited direct presence of the human agent do not constitute some kind of critique towards the collective character of change; rather, they are an invitation to imbue this reservoir of potential with radically new meaning for everyone.
Bill Balaskas (b. 1983, Thessaloniki, Greece) lives and works in London, UK. He is currently a PhD candidate in the programme of Critical Writing in Art & Design of the Royal College of Art and holds an MA (RCA) in Communication Art & Design from the same college. Also, he holds a BA (Hons) in Video Arts Production from the University for the Creative Arts and a BSc in Economics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Recent solo exhibitions: “Critical Mass”, ReMap 4, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens; “The Market Will Save the World”, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul (all 2013); “Parthenon Rising”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens (2012). Recent group exhibitions: “Disruption”, Royal College of Art, London; “Celebration: 50 Years of Video Art”, Nordic House, Reykjavik (all 2013); “World Event Young Artists” (London 2012 Cultural Olympiad), Surface Gallery, Nottingham; “Cultural Embassies” (Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture), Vetrinj Mansion, Maribor; “Traverse Vidéo: Faut Voir”, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse; “Level”, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (all 2012). Bill Balaskas employs various media and investigates political and social subjects in his works. The main ideas encountered in his practice are irony and the subversion of spectacle, while his work is strongly influenced by his engagement with art theory. Bill Balaskas is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.