Athens-based White Island Works (Konstantinos “P” Papamichalopoulos and Artemis Lydi) is an independent art and design collaborative. Their limited edition biomorphic rings are talk of the town at the moment and can be purchased through the White Island Works Etsy store. Konstantinos talks to Archisearch on their recent work and upcoming projects.
Biomorphic Series: Two-tailed halo.
`Jap` series: Comics by Konstantinos P
Our work on Black Biomorphics first started out when I was studying the work of Frank Miller`s Rōnin as well as the drawings of Yves Tanguy, the work of Antoni Gaudi and the sculptures of Dubuffet among other influences.
Black biomorphic slab ring.
Black biomorphic ring.
Black biomorphic ring – The Willendorf I.
Black biomorphic round ring.
Black biomorphic ring – The Division.
We have already submitted our first videogame called “Solat” to the Tizen app competition hosted by Samsung and Intel and our first eBook app entitled “Talos” is in production and scheduled for release sometime around April 2014.Furthermore, while my work in etching was being done on Plexiglas we`ve followed a friend`s suggestion and tried a small experiment by drawing a la prima with white paint onto this spectacular pristine black surface. The outcome was quite fascinating.
“Infiltration” – white paint on black plexiglas by Konstantinos P.
This opened up possibilities to think about other ways in which something painted and/or engraved could be mounted, shown and ultimately – why not? – Even worn.
This is not a novel concept though: Japanese armour for instance is exhibited as just any other art-piece in museums all over the planet as do sword stops and other articles of war – both Oriental and Occidental.
Black biomorphic painting by Konstantinos P.
Meanwhile we are designing our next line of wearables. It will consist of earrings, necklaces and medallions. In Fall 2014 we will be going into the process of creating complete Suits of Armour for an exhibition that we will curate with a gallery in Athens in 2015. This show will have – apart from the Suits of Armour – exclusive pieces of wearable black biomorphic jewellery as well as large-and-small-scale works in Plexiglas along with preliminary drawings, sketches and work related to the creation of this massive undertaking.
Great Golden Room series: FFXIII by Konstantinos P.
What we do in this constant to-and-fro between sketches, comics and paintings to digital apps for mobile devices or actual physical wearable jewellery is in practice an economy of means. Given our aforementioned limitations as far as resources are concerned we consider this course of action a rather more prudent choice.
White Island Works – Konstantinos P & Artemis Lydi.