Three visual poems published in Angry Old Man, a magazine of experimental art and poetry.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
"Significance is inherent in the human body."
Abject Flesh is a series of collages created by using various ephemera (such as scrap papers and torn book covers) and photographs found in old erotic magazines and discarded medical manuals. The work deals with the damaged body and subsequently negotiates issues such as fragility, impermanence, disease and death.
The collages could be described as a form of "abject art", a term first introduced in the 1990s by French psychoanalyst and literary theorist Julia Kristeva. In her influential book Powers of Horror: An Essay in Abjection Kristeva talked about the idea of abjection as the basis of a differentiation between the self and non-self (the Other). For Kristeva the abject has an element of ambiguity: it is that which both revolts and attracts; she compares the aesthetic experience of the abject to a cathartic experience, “an impure process that protects from the abject only by dint of being immersed in it”.
Abject Flesh penetrates the most urgent taboos concerning the body and how we perceive it. The shocking and disturbing images force us to confront our innermost fears and agonies and attempt to illuminate those regions of our subconscious mind we would rather leave concealed. Ultimately the work challenges our preconceptions and ethical standards and provokes us to reexamine our established views on mor(t)ality.
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018
Divine Decay featured in Empty Mirror, a magazine focusing on books, modern art film, music, writing, and the Beat Generation.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018
A publication entitled “Angelic Flights” is currently in pre-production featuring artwork by Kon Markogiannis, haiku poems in English and Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock, Greek translations by Sarah Thilykou and Japanese translations by Maki Starfield.
“…the exquisite fusion of image and word renders a deeply satisfying aesthetic experience, whereby we are transmuted by its profundity, exquisiteness and light. Indeed, accomplished artists in their own right, photographer and poet have melded their talents to produce a visceral and ethereal monograph on the flights of angels and in turn have lifted up our souls to the very gods...”
-Paula Marvelly (Author & Editor, The Culturium)
“…these glimpses caught in words or images are each so weightless and so shifting that you could think they have no substance… that is, until the moment when like curling smoke and light they touch each other in the darkness, and a bright perception takes form, looks back at us, comes alive…”
-Philip Gross (Author & Professor of Creative Writing)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
"For me cities are enormous bodies of people's desires."
Provoke is a photographic interpretation of the fragmentary nature of modern reality and a commentary on our obsession with the body, sex and materiality in general.
I chose to use high contrast, gritty and out of focus black and white photographs in order to convey the chaos of everyday existence and create an imaginal domain which gravitates between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real. The combination of photographs with other images (such as illustrations of butterflies, snakes and bones) was an attempt to create visual allegories and explore archetypal themes such as sin, redemption, death and rebirth.
The work ultimately serves as a metaphor for dark emotions and psychological states (isolation, fear, inner turmoil, subconscious desire etc). My harsh, crude depictions of the human body and the urban environment occupy an uncertain and uncomfortable territory that lingers between sensual pleasure and mental nightmare.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Kon Markogiannis and Gabriel Rosenstock offer a collaboration of image and word focusing on the fragility of life, with haikus in both English and Gaelic, as well as modern Greek translations by Sarah Thilykou.
Monday, December 11, 2017
“If we take the world’s enduring religions at their best, we discover the distilled wisdom of the human race.”
“…it is imperative that the followers of the various religions join their voices in calling for peace, tolerance, and respect for the dignity and rights of others.”
Multifaith is a series of photographs depicting various religious books and objects found in antique shops, second hand stores and flea markets. These items were chosen for their aesthetic and symbolic quality and were utilized as tools for research and contemplation. The main idea behind this undertaking was to create a pluralistic and all-encompassing type of artwork which comments on the variety of religious beliefs and identifies similarities between them.
The work was inspired and influenced by seventeenth century Dutch still life/vanitas paintings, which often contained religious and allegorical symbolism and generally alluded to the brevity of life and the transient nature of human pleasures. Another important source of inspiration was daily life in my hometown Thessaloniki (Greece), a multicultural melting pot where people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds have co-existed for hundreds of years.
During the course of the project I was immersed in the study of sacred texts, comparative religion, spiritual literature and perennial philosophy. I discovered many commonalities between religious faiths (eg. monotheistic religions such as Christianity, Islam and Judaism have common origins and share several beliefs and practices) and also became aware that “spirituality” is a topic which encompasses a broad spectrum of ideas which are not necesssarily religious or metaphysical. I was very interested in interpretations of the spiritual as an attitude of brotherhood, interconnectedness and compassion towards the “other”. In Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the New Millenium the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso defines spirituality as “those qualities of the human spirit -such as love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsiblity, a sense of harmony- which bring happiness to both self and others”.
Unfortunately we are currently witnessing phenomena such as polarization between the east and west, ideological extremism and “holy wars” which are threatening world peace and stability. In an age of globalization but also fragmentation and uncertainty my work aims to encourage dialogue between religions, and also aspires to promote an awareness of the commonality of humanity and a more tolerant and universal approach to the spiritual. The conceptual position at which I have arrived is that my artistic practice is not an end in itself, but rather a vehicle of research, integration and transformation, and a way for me to reflect on the social and spiritual condition of our time. I believe that the global language of art can help pave the path towards self-
discovery, respect towards fellow people and the evolution of humanity as a whole.
Armstrong, Karen (1994) A History of God. Ballantine Books.
Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2005) 50 Spiritual Classics. Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Collazo Julie Schwietert, Rogak Lisa (2013) Pope Francis in his Own Words. Harper Collins Publishers.
Dalai Lama (1999) Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the New Millenium. Little, Brown/Abacus Press.
Eliade, Mircea (1967) From Primitives to Zen. Harper Collins Distribution Services.
Frazer, James George (1950) The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion. Macmillan.
Gandhi, Mohandas (1983) An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Dover Publications.
Griffiths, Bede (1994) Universal Wisdom. Harper Collins Publishers.
Huxley, Aldous (2009) The Perennial Philosophy. Harper Perennial Modern Classics.
James, William (1983) The Varieties of Religious Experience. Penguin Classics.
Lee, Lydia (2015) Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector. Prestel.
Mazower, Mark (2004) Salonica City of Ghosts. Harper Collins Publishers.
Smith, Huston (2009) The World’s Religions. HarperOne.
Wolf, Norbert (2009) Still Life. Taschen.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Kon Markogiannis is featured in Diffusion, Volume IX
Artfully Crafted Photography Annual
Pre-Order Sale: 124 pages, full colour, perfect bound softcover
My work is featured in Superstition Review's 20th Issue.https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue20/art/konmarkogiannis
Monday, October 30, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
The Culturium explores the interface between mystical spirituality and the cultural arts. It is devoted to showcasing the compositions of writers, filmmakers, artists, performers, musicians, philosophers, sages and poets who have delved deep into the silence within and created work that is timeless, wise and beautiful.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Interalia Magazine explores the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness.https://www.interaliamag.org/emerging-ideas/kon-markogiannis-mind-patterns/
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Constructed Narratives, Imagined Realities featured in Float Magazine.https://www.facebook.com/Floatphotomagazine/posts/1370511449712029
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
(A building) is nothing else but a “life tool”, a “life vessel” (a temporary refuge for the human body).
Archive: Soul Vessels is an experimental project comprised of found ephemera and photographs which form a quasi-fictional architectural-psychogeographical archive. The term “soul vessels” was inspired by Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis who coined the phrase “life vessels” to describe buildings as functional spaces whose sole purpose is to serve human needs.
The work challenges the “traditional” concept of the archive: it is not only “important” and “celebratory” photographic moments that are worth collecting and assembling. The emphasis is on ideas concerning day-to-day living, the burden of constant wear-and-tear, and the inevitable damage and erosion of all objects and living beings.
In a certain sense Archive: Soul Vessels is an attempt to rewrite and re-register reality, as if creating an array of urban portals which open onto a plethora of mental spaces. Through this meticulously assembled pseudo-archive the deepest strata of the imagination can be explored: imprints of past realities, which are fused into the photographed relics, are rediscovered and reinterpreted generating new auras of the unknown.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Fraction Magazine features the best of contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
“Those who look outside, dream. Those who look inside, awaken”.
Ghosts_ Dreams_Memories is an ongoing series of surreal photomontages which explore the world of the unconscious mind and psychic phenomena.
On a conceptual level crucial for the development of the work were the theories of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung whose research involved the fields of religion, alchemy, astrology, philosophy, mythology and dreams. According to Jung reality is more complex than what is perceived by the physical senses or revealed by mainstream science -he believed we all possess psychic faculties, albeit usually in undeveloped form.
On an aesthetic level the work was inspired by photographic artists such as Clarence John Laughlin and Jerry Uelsmann whose experimental and multi-layered work questions photographic "truth" and representation. The work was also influenced by "spirit" photographs of the 1800's-1900's which supposedly depict paranormal phenomena such as human auras, levitating bodies, ghostly manifestations, disembodied entities etc.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Waiting for Sleep
I’m killing myself
I’ve lost all emotion
No colour in life
Just dullness and boredom
They call me a martyr
They think I believe
I’m filled with indifference
Just waiting for sleep
I’m filled with indifference
Just waiting for sleep
You may think what you want
You could say that I’m wasted
My pain, my game
I feel no shame
Life and Meaning
Life is a tragedy
Life is a comedy
Life is a comedy
Life is a tragic comedy
Everything is accidental
Everything has a meaning
Everything has an accidental meaning
Die to be reborn
Sick and tired
Withered and drunk
This life leads you nowhere
A constant hangover
Sun stings the eyes
Dogs shit and sleep
Your poor bleeding heart
Ejaculates and shrinks
A whore may give comfort
For a moment or two
Old feeling returns
A kick in the balls
Can't be a saint
If you live like a sinner
The only solution
To die and be reborn
Mother of creation
Secret to success
All that was
All that will ever be
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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