Evangelos Androutsopoulos was born in 1987 and works with drawing and writing, comics, but also painting, print, installation and photographs. He has been making zines and publications and believes in self-publishing practices. Experimenting with format, distribution methods and abstraction, his work deals with observed stories and interconnections of the present. His work has been included in publications and exhibitions in Finland and abroad. He is a member of Finnish Comics Association and Kutikuti association of contemporary comics, collaborating in events and co-editing the latest issue of Kuti magazine.
My work always starts from observation, mainly using drawing, writing or easy, instantly available materials. I am interested in comics and zines as a contemporary artistic practice for their efficiency, immediacy, and availability. I use narrative, unfinishedness and fragmentation.
In everyday stories, I explore people, group mentalities and anxieties of social life, trying to empathise with others. I work from everyday situations or objects and investigate interconnected timelines and perspectives of the present moment. I use drawing as a form of thinking and recording, social activity, and performative act. Writing plays an equal part in service of the content. In addition to writing comics, my research takes the form of painting, video, installation and social experiments. Over the years I have been interested in participation and distribution of publications for limited audiences. Both through availability and easy means, I am seeking a non-hierarchical equality of the object of study, artist and reader.
In my research, I have been looking into observing objects and tangibility through the artistic method. I look at everything as equal. I am thinking of establishments and what constitutes productive labour, finished product and creating knowledge for a more equal future. I want to explore taking drawn/written works into new contexts and presentation formats. I hope to further develop my practice through publications, along with social engagement with community-based projects and workshops.