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Review: Koutsouras Retrospective Works



Five stars

Mount Comfort Space; through Feb. 19.

This exhibit covers the period between the mid-'90s and 2007 when Koutsouras was putting out a more thematically varied body of work than in the selection of new work on display in the iMOCA gallery. You can see here figure studies in charcoal on paper, oil on canvas landscapes and seascapes and work that at first glance might strike you as pure abstraction.

In “The Rehearsal — Take Five” (oil and mixed media on canvas), you see an orange canvas seemingly stained with watermarks. When you look closer you can make out the outlines of nearly nude, standing figures. They appear alone among themselves. Perhaps they’re talking with one another. In any event, they’re facing away from you; their facial expressions are a mystery. The power of the work comes as much from what’s hidden as from what’s revealed.

You might say this about much of his work. “East West Directional” uses almost the same palette to portray a sort of compass of the mind with a blue line pointed west from the center, perhaps tracing the path that the artist’s life has taken. If that’s reading too much into the work, then it stems from the fact that Koutsouras’ work engages my imagination like few other artists out there. 634-6622, 1043 Virginia Ave.;


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