(Building 2, Lane 298 Anfu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, Shanghai)
Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.
——Virginia Woolf, Orlando
After a brief hiatus in the arts, during which Nik Kosmas turned to contact sport fighting and underground club culture, he returns to the gallery with a series of works that posits the human figure as a vehicle for examining the fine boundary between Ecstasy/Agony; Despair/Happiness; Pain/Pleasure; Battling/Teaching; Sex/Healing; and Freedom/ Entrapment.
BodyHunter is a science-fiction world created as a setting for Kosmas’ works to co-exist while Perspective Expand refers to the particular content of this exhibition and covers different mediums such as sculpture, furniture and fashion items. Kosmas’ virtual paradigm is grounded in anthropotechnics, a set of rules with both machine and human properties that tame, teach, and train ourselves. These rules aren’t meant to set limits but instead open possibilities as limitless as human desires.
Kosmas achieves this by underscoring society’s pervasive worship of science/technology which regard bodies, no longer as products of natural selection, but as discrete parts with specific functions connected to each other that are open to manipulation. Technology activates humankind’s desire to transcend flesh in pursuit of immortality, perfection and invulnerability. However, at the same time, technology has an uncompromising hold on the human experience, limiting it as well as expanding it. Kosmas’ illuminates this paradox by presenting his bodies suspended in a state of rapture, tension or alienation; and focusing on the subtle shift of energy that converts pain to dopamine; speed to stasis, the flesh to spirit.