Costas Picadas’ Breathing series is part of an ongoing exploration of metaphysical textures in the universe. Inspired by a biblical passage that suggests breath is what powers all life, the artist investigates this possibility in all matter. From building installations to individual moving images, the Breathing series imitates patterns of human breath that embody a deep dimensional expression. Comprised of multiple layers that shift and twist, and emerge and recede, the artist symbolically examines quantum physics theories of expansion and contraction of the universe. Through abstract imagery and hand-painted particles, each monochromatic picture offers a distinct breathing pattern. While some particles cyclically push forward and float back in measured counts, others surge ahead with a burst of energy, only to decompose into empty space. Flickering in between hints of focus and galactic swirls, Breathing series aligns itself with the process of transformation, tracking energy as it changes metabolisms.
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Costas Picadas was born in Ioannina Greece. He studied art at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and art history at the Louvre School in Paris. Picadas’ work has been exhibited, among other places, at Queens Museum- Bulova NY, Budman Gallery NY, Denise Bibro Gallery NY, The Blender Gallery Athens Greece, Gallery Gransart Paris, Mykonos Biennale Greece, The Young Art Fair in Switzerland, Gallery J&J Donguy Paris, Some Young New Yorkers III at PS1 NY, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece, Gallery de Buci Paris, Gallery Anatole Chartres, France, Gallery de Nest Paris, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, W.G. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Festival of Avignon, France. Articles, reviews and critical analysis of Picadas’ work appear in solo and group show catalogues in addition to newspapers and magazines in France, Greece and New York, such as Zing Magazine, Absolute Arts, New York Spaces Magazine and Flash Art. Since 1994 he has been living and working in New York City.
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"Investigations, an exhibition of photographs by Costas Picadas" 2000-07-19 until 2000-10-25 Queens Museum of Art Queens, NY, USA
The Queens Museum of Art presents Investigations, an exhibition of photographs by Costas Picadas, July 19th through October 25th in the museum’s satellite gallery at the Bulova Corporate Center located in Jackson Heights, Queens. Widely exhibited in Europe, this is Picadas’ first solo exhibition in the United States.
Investigations is a unique compilation of photographs with an unusual origin. Their initial function was to assess and document the legitimacy of insurance claims involving property damage. Picadas manages to create unique imagery filled with artistic charm in his efforts to provide conclusive evidence of such damage, identify cause, and verify the authenticity of the claims.
The exhibition consists of six large scale (40 x 60 and 30 x 40 inches each) color prints in diptychs or triptychs. Although Picadas does not manipulate his photographs in the usual sense, his work can be seen as an extension of the genre of constructed photography that began in the 1980s and is practiced by such artists as Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, and Gregory Crewdson. He appropriates existing images, taking them out of their original context, and re-mixes them into fictive narratives.
A native of Greece, Picadas studied at the Ecole National Superieur des Beaux Arts and Ecole du Louvre, both located in Paris. He has displayed his works throughout Europe and has authored two books- Septenaire and Nomades. In addition, one of his works was included in the P.S. 1 exhibition Crisscross.