Zac Koukoravas’ large scale compositions, painted on multiple layers of glass and perspex, form a schematic rendering of plural possibilities; of receding memories and emerging truths. Drawing from traditions of graffiti, architecture, electronic music, political activism and the urban environment, Koukoravas deconstructs his surroundings into planal landscapes that peak, plateau and plunge. His abstracted polygons evoke existential dualities; order and harmony are met with chaos and cacophony as shadow, light and space converge. The artist’s new works respond to the Sydney Opera House, visually echoing its futuristic design whilst also contemplating its embodied cultural aspirations. We can spot something of the unfurling sails, the smooth surfaces and the architectural optimism in Koukoravas’ paintings, which seem to fold and bend in agile movements before our eyes.
- Excerpt from essay by Elli Walsh, 2019