Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Nicos Souleles

In the begining was the word.. 

 I would like to introduce you to the creative work of a friend of mine
His name is Nicos Souleles

I first met Nicos when we both worked at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, in Carlisle (UK). Nicos was Course Leader in Digital Design and I ran the Media Production course. I am pretty sure that we were friends from the start although it was not until I got to know him better that  I came to fully admire him for his integrity and dedication as both teacher and individual.

Nicos is a brilliant teacher and while he was in Cumbria he and his students produced some outstanding work, winning a number of prestigious Royal Television Society Awards for digital animation. 

Today Nicos works at a university in Cyprus. He is now Dr. Souleles and although he still teaches, his principal occupation is research...and the creation of some remarkable graphic art that combines text and image in exciting ways.

But let him explain his digital work for himself:

"My digital artwork is proof that Andy Warhol's claim - 'In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes' - has some validity".  

"Mobile devices, such as the iphone and the ipad, allow everyone great flexibility to capture and manipulate images".

"Combined with the networked potential of the web, our limited and ephemeral  time of  fame is closer to reality than ever before. These are my tools".

"The  inspiration for these images stems from everyday, trivial situations and events - such as depression, loneliness, a rainy day, or perhaps a trip to downtown Dubai" .

"Sometimes the text has no meaning or role beyond being part of the overall composition.The words themselves are taken from various  sources - such as Wikipedia or 'The Doors of Perception' by Aldus Huxley.  Other times, they are my own words."

"All this adds to the transient nature of the work".

 "Even though they are sometimes hard to read,  there is a sense of completion when I can combine the appropriate text  with the right image".

Nicos Souleles

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