Anthony Koutras - Railway, 2003

Anthony Koutras

Canada 1979

Installation, Photography

Anthony Koutras
Anthony Koutras
August 7, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Anthony Koutras is a Canadian artist, best known for his photographic installations.

Anthony Koutras’ multi-disciplinary art background

Koutras was born in Toronto in the end of 70s. In 2010, Koutras received an M.F.A from York University, Toronto and in 2003 he graduated with a major in Photography from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.
In 2002, Anthony Koutras began to create photographic installations that mimic elements of the public realm in order to challenge the viewer’s passive encounter with the everyday.

Anthony Koutras - Maintenance (Performance & Installation), 2011
Anthony Koutras – Maintenance (Performance & Installation), 2011

His multi-disciplinary art background informs his photographic practice. Koutras’ work incorporates photography, and combines the medium with sculpture, installation and public intervention. His photo-based installations explore photography and its capacity to represent space and mimic objects. By using photography to mimic his subjects, he creates false spaces and environments, inviting viewers to interact with the installation and experience their public realm in a new perspective. Additionally, his work explores reflections on perception in relation to optics and illusion, and the visual translation of the photographic image into different forms.

The Stephen Bulger Gallery Representation

Koutras continues to be an active member in the Toronto art community – he has held four solo shows, participated in numerous group exhibitions while donated to prominent charity auctions. He is the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council production grant in 2007, the OCAD McCain Post-Graduate residency in 2005, and the DuMaurier Arts Grant in 2003. Koutras’ work can be found in numerous private collections and was published in Flash Forward 2008.
He is represented by The Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

Koutras’ Explication

Upon his exhibition at Bulger Gallery in 2010, Koutras has published a book titled Explication.

Anthony Koutras - EXPLICATION, book cover, 2010
Anthony Koutras – EXPLICATION, book cover, 2010

At first glance, it appears to be photographic portraits of everyday streetscape objects. But, a closer observation explains the process, the motive of the work shifts to a self-reflexive investigation into photography as a medium.
“It encapsulates elements that have been of interest to me for the majority of my art making practice: a focus on urban elements of the public space, reflections on perception in relation to optics and illusion, the photographic image as archive, and the visual translation of the photographic image into different forms. Presented through an ironically complex explication of process, the photographic veneers simultaneously conceal and speak to the medium of photography.”

Anthony Koutras currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Featured image: Anthony Koutras – Railway, 2003
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2011Flash Forward, Emerging Photographers from Canada, the UK and the USAThe Magenta FoundationGroup
2011Maintenance, Nocturne, Art at NightHalifaxSolo
2010ExplicationStephen Bulger Gallery, TorontoSolo
2010Under New Management780 Queen Street West, TorontoGroup
2010Test SiteDurham Art Gallery, DurhamGroup
2009Signs of the Times, IMPACT VI Print ConferenceUniversity of the West of England, Bristol, UKGroup
2009Your Own AdventureGales Gallery, TorontoGroup
2009Inquire WithinYork MFA/PhD Summer Show, Loop, TorontoGroup
2009Night of the Museums, Fotografie Forum FrankfurtFrankfurt, GermanyGroup
2008MergeAGO Art Rental, TorontoGroup
2008Obelisk, CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival feature public installationTorontoSolo
2007The AIPAD Photography ShowMiamiGroup
2007Toronto International Art FairTorontoGroup
2006Photo MiamiMiamiGroup
2006ObsessionEdward Day Gallery, TorontoGroup
2006The AIPAD Photography ShowNew York CityGroup
2006Kiwi Sculpture Garden ProjectKiwi Gardens, PerthGroup
2005Arts WeekArt in the Halls,TorontoGroup
2005Urban SimulationCONTACT Toronto Photography FestivalSolo
2005AccumulationGallery 44, Vitrines, TorontoSolo
2004Inside/OutsideGallery 61, TorontoSolo
2003Collage 2003129 Spadina Ave, TorontoGroup
2003KyüPrefix, TorontoGroup
2003Surface in DepthTolmie Gallery, TorontoGroup
2003Go West401 Richmond, TorontoGroup
2003A PosterioriOCAD Transit space/Central Hall, TorontoGroup
2002Fiat Lux’s Shotbox 3Postcard show, TorontoGroup
2002Industrial StrengthSt. Clair Road, TorontoGroup
2002CollageThe Mockingbird, TorontoGroup
2002Visual Funk360 Club Lounge, TorontoGroup
2002Urban EnvironmentsThe Cameron House, TorontoGroup
2002Codes of EtiquetteThe Atrium Gallery café, TorontoGroup
1998Kodak, Images of who we areCanadian Museum of Civilization, OttawaGroup