Installation in old stone house, Kagkatika for Paxos Contemporary Art Project (2018)
Hanover and Berlin-based artists Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic (together known as Quintessenz) create site-specific installation art made from a combination of materials. For their latest project, the duo transformed a derelict stone building on the Greek island of Paxos as part of the Paxos Contemporary Art Project. The 400-year-old ruin was filled with layers of colorful spray-painted fabric, creating an abstract spectrum of rainbow hues.
This latest piece references some of Quintessenz’s previous works, including the Paradis Perdus (2017) installation in Les Baux-de-Provence, France, as well as Flickering Lights (2018), created for Panorama Fashion Week in Berlin. For each installation, the creative duo cut pieces of the colored, mesh-like fabric into geometric shapes and suspended them in grids and rows. When viewed together, the fabric seems to blur and merge into soft gradients that look like digital pixels, contrasted against the old, gray stone buildings. The floating fabric changes depending on the observer’s movement and the location’s natural elements, challenging the viewer’s perception of the space.
Although Quintessenz’s installations look incredible when captured on camera, the duo’s distinctive works are always best viewed in person. The artists explain, “We hope that the visitors of our work leave their mobile phone cameras in their pockets for a moment and simply enjoy the light and the translation of the wind in the material.”