In 'Chandelier', the artist Henry Krokatsis has depicted a traditional object in a very unconventional manner, by making the drawing using the carbon deposits from burning rags. The artist used a cut-out template, which was held at some distance from the paper while smoke was directed onto the surface. Krokatsis controlled and directed the intensity of the fumes, creating different layers, surfaces and contrasts. This innovative drawing technique leaves the process of image-making more open to chance or mishap. In using carbon deposits to create the image, Krokatsis has ensured that there is a direct and obvious connection between the drawing as an art object and the practical use of the object represented.
Henry Krokatsis studied for a BA in Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic from 1985 to 1988, and an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art from 1988 to 1990. The contrast between skilled craftwork and the make-do use of found materials is a central feature of Krokatsis' practice. Previous projects have included the installation of a parquet floor at David Risley Gallery, London, in 2003, where Krokatsis used discarded materials and rejected off-cuts such as abandoned wardrobes and broken kitchen units to lay the floor, instead of using the traditional sawn oak.
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