Costas Tsoclis

Grand Master's Palace

At the end of this past summer, a breath of new life swept through and filled the Grand Master's Palace on the myth-immersed island of Rhodes. This imposingly handsome edifice, renovated about 50 years ago, was originally constructed in the middle ages by the Knights of the Order of St. John. Its temporary “life-giver” was the master of illusionism and deception, Costas Tsoclis. For the form and thematic content of this exhibition, the artist took his cues from the palace and from the mood of impermanence imparted by the continuous flux of idle sun-worshippers to the island.

The exhibition reflected Tsoclis' use of technology as a means of creating evanescent games of illusion. He achieves this by pitting the “real” against the “illusory,” primarily by juxtaposing videotaped images anti painted scenes. Most of the 16 works in the show featured moving video figures of animals and people. As

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