Henry Krokatsis born 1965 in London, UK, lives and works in London. Krokatsis works with a wide range of materials – smoke, found wood, broken glass, antique mirrors – giving each of his works a unique expression. There seems to be something the works all hold in common though, an attempt to convey an atmosphere, a feeling of something intentionally unspecific, uncanny. The elaborate nature of the labour involved hints at an obsessive behavior that is quietly unsettling, this in contrast to the seductive craftsmanship and unexpected warmth of the materials in their new context. His marriage of make-do opportunism and highly developed craft skill is, as Krokatsis says, an act of faith in the bankrupt. I want to make objects that oscillate between the destitute and the divine, Krokatsis states. For all the interplay of symbolic significance and contingency, for all the layers of meaning that are hinted at, his work is clearly not a conduit for an overlaid narrative; this is not art to make sense of the world – it is an act of faith, it’s art as a spell.
Krokatsis has a BA in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechnic, UK and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, UK.
2018 Household Faith Vigo, London 2015 Henry Krokatsis with Vilhelm Hammershøi, Ordrupgaard Museum, Copenhagen 2013 Origin of the Black Rainbow, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo Brazil 2012 Part Time Paradise, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen 2010 Like a Gang of Virtue, Fine Art Society, London 2010 1-60, 60/1 Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo Brazil 2008 Henry Krokatsis, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo Brazil 2008 See Better Daze, David Risley Gallery, London 2006 Cure, Goff+Rosenthal, New York 2006 New Acquisition, New Art Gallery, Walsall UK 2005 Pray For My Beautiful Lost Cause, David Risley Gallery, London 2003 Hard Pressed Heaven, Union Gallery, London 2002 Angelcote, Issey Miyake, London 2001 Better Lies, Nils Staerk Gallery, Copenhagen 2000 Good Hiding, Zwemmer Gallery, London 1999 Cabin Fever, VTO Gallery, London
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