Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA); through
Christos Koutsouras is a painter through and through, but
the centerpiece of his show is a ten-foot-high rectangular installation
composed of interlocked boards of weathered lumber.
The structure's entitled "Atmung" — the German word for
breathe — and it's built in such a way that there's a layer of
air between each board (so it can breathe, as it were). As you take it in, you
can hear the sound of wind recorded live onsite at his beachside studio in
Astoria, Ore, that he dubs "Big Red."
This installation, inspired by his studio, is more akin to
a Zen-inspired rock garden than actual mock up (see his spectacular painting
"Big Red" in shades of gray, white, and red for a sense of what it actually
looks like) but it serves as a good starting point for taking in the
large-scale, sea-focused canvases painted by this Greek island of Samos native
and former ocean navigator.
The view from "Big Red" makes a spectacular appearance in
"Reflections of Sea and Light II." Here you see a sea horizon under a wide blue
sky looking west into the Pacific. This particular canvas also contains drips
of paint and broad brushstrokes where you can see vigor and passion and
artistic virtuosity; where you can see his reflections on the sea
horizon—and what's beyond it—truly come alive.