In Greek mythology, the sun god Helios drives a golden chariot of fire-darting horses across the sky. His relentless movement symbolises the daily rising and setting of the sun. Helios is also a shade of vivid red paint, deployed by the artist throughout this body of work. The title Helios references both the celestial movements of light and energy, and the materiality of our physical domain.
Pleitner uses the term ‘sci-fi expressionism’ to describe his work. In Helios, his second show at Kerlin Gallery, he occupies the floor as well the walls, creating three-dimensional forms and objects to ground his cosmic impulses.