The Paxos Contemporary Art Project recently took place on Paxos, a little Greek island in the Adriatic Sea. One of the most stunning sites on the island is the ruined village of Kagatika. This 400-year-old site became the perfect setting for a remarkable installation by Quintessenz.
The outcome was Kagatika’s Secret, a stunning installation using a colored mesh of around 200 shades. The work unfolds in the approximately 400-year-old ruin and forms a unique contrast. It is detached from the usual city bustle and is not in competition with glaring lights or obtrusive advertising. The wind and the sunlight make the installation appear like a digital body in the real world.
The installation marks the interface between analog and digital, between today and then and between old and new. The great contrast makes the installation look almost unreal, as soon as the wind settles in the layers and the sunlight underlines the colors even more, it seems as if there is only one place for this installation. This, in turn, the contrast fits in and creates exciting synergies.
Together, the Hannover and Berlin-based artists Thomas Granseuer und Tomislav Topic constitute Quintessenz. Starting out as students at the University of Applied Science and Arts in Hildesheim, they developed a unique an unmistakable signature style. With roots in graffiti-culture, graphic design and chromatics, Quintessenz combine painting, moving images, and installations.
Space is the fundamental inspiration for Quintessenz. Their work not only uses shapes and patterns found in architecture, it interferes with its environment, changing the spectators’ perception of space. Quintessenz use old factory buildings as their canvases, with their murals covering entire facades. In every medium they use, both in public spaces and galleries, their abstract work shares one thing in common: their art makes or creates space for its color. To Quintessenz, color is more than form. It is the content itself.