1985 - The sense of diachronic space

The recent personal exhibition by Nikitas Flessas (Agathi 1985) gives rise to the perception that in his painting a metaphysical 'proposal' is used as a kind of clarification of an oddity which uses communication in a new way to brief us on the differences and similartities which are concealed because of everyday modes of behaviour. It is a characteristic of the painting of Nikitas Flessas that it offers for thought a review of our established ideas, a different way of looking at the world, a fact which vindicates the term 'metaphysical' which has been used to describe him.
His subject-matter in the latest exhibition has been enriched with new artistic features which have the power of delivering the artist from the need to be constantly devising new methods and forms. He directs his explorations to  archetypal thinking about the problems of the surrounding space and of the human scale, a steadfast starting-point in painting's quest in the world. The grouping of the objects creates the impression of a well-mounted stage-set with studied and at the same time clearly legible references back to the classical models. A feeling of past time, and, in spite of that, of diachronic space is generated. The objects have not been corroded by everyday routine and the elapse of time and exist in a climate of calm through which the dialectical expression of the features is suggested by a symbolic hint, in which the lyricism of the chromatic scale cultivates an impression of the dream. The elimination of the dimensions of the superficially 'real' and their projection into a space beyond, which is nevertheless known and familiar, creates in us the impression that his world is organised by 'living' objects which act as purely formal factors and as agents of a cognitive style.

Dimitris Iakoumakis
Art Critic