Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys

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521 W 26th Street, 1st Floor, NY 10001 Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys

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Hollis Taggart presents the Greek artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis’ first solo show in NYC. Featuring new work created this year as well as site-specific wallpaper installations, Journeys is also Vasmoulakis’ first solo show with Hollis Taggart since joining the gallery’s roster in 2020.

Artworks

Journeys, 2022


Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas

66 x 53 in. (167.6 x 134.6 cm)

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Eater, 2020


Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
91 x 66 in. (231.1 x 167.6 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)
Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Seaside Paintings, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

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Open, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
66 x 53 in. (167.6 x 134.6 cm)

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Frequencies, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
57 x 41 in. (144.8 x 104.1 cm)

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Flower Breeding, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
57 x 45 in. (144.8 x 114.3 cm)

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Sunday Blessings (9), 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
45 x 33 in. (114.3 x 83.8 cm)

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Sunday Blessings (10), 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
45 x 33 in. (114.3 x 83.8 cm)

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Sunday Blessings (11), 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
45 x 33 in. (114.3 x 83.8 cm)

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Sunday Blessings (12), 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
45 x 33 in. (114.3 x 83.8 cm)

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Shifting Sands, 2022

Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas
66 x 53 in. (167.6 x 134.6 cm)

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Vasmoulakis’ canvases are kaleidoscopic explorations of Mediterranean color that contain various influences ranging from spiritual art to mandala and the imagery of psychedelic and rave subcultures.

Vasmoulakis’ vision and work are grounded in his Greek background, and specifically the visual tensions between the ancient and the contemporary present in his hometown of Athens. Considering the aesthetics of ruins as well as graffiti, the artist explores the beauty that can result from destruction, a central tenant in his practice. Inspired by influences ranging from Abstract Expressionism to botanical art, Vasmoulakis draws on these different movements and genres to produce dizzying canvases that, while entirely abstract, sometimes offer hints of organic forms. Within the kaleidoscope of color and pattern, the viewer may find the suggestion of a flower, the sun, the sea, or perhaps of a microscopic organism.

The splashes of color and hints of form in Vasmoulakis’ compositions are enhanced by the depth created by his signature layering technique. Using a high-pressure water cleaner – the same kind used to clean graffiti from buildings – the artist carves into his paintings, resulting in complex surfaces that create enigmatic depths. Vasmoulakis’ approach is spontaneous: he does not use a sketch or a plan and allows himself to be carried by the rhythm of his motions and the layers that are revealed as he excavates his canvases. In the words of anthropologist Rafael Schachter, who wrote the catalogue essay for the exhibition, Vasmoulakis is interested in “an artistic process in which creation and destruction go hand in hand and in which conscious control is surrendered.”
Vasmoulakis’ meditative process and reliance on intuitive flow imbues his paintings with a spirituality that is enhanced by his use of homemade crayons, which he makes using the remnants of beeswax votive candles gathered from monasteries throughout the world. The artist creates nearly all of his works using these recycled candles, which he melts and mixes with linseed oils and pigments. Blending a range of techniques including painting, wallpapering, collage, and installation, Vasmoulakis’ practice and the resulting works engage with the notion of transcendental and invite the viewer to engage with their depths.

Vasmoulakis’ work was shown in three group exhibitions at Hollis Taggart: Reunion (Southport, 2021), Perceived Realities (NYC, 2020) and Remix (Southport, 2020). Recent solo exhibitions include the Afterparty at Eins Gallery in Limassol, Cyprus (2020), Mind Mischief (2017) and The Eaters and The Eaten (2016) at The Breeder Gallery in Athens, My eyes are seeing you at Art Expertise in Athens (2014), and Figures at Le Basse Projects in Los Angeles (2013). His work has also been included in a wide range of group exhibitions, including at Fondation Cartier (Paris), Antikenmuseum (Basel), Benaki Museum (Athens), and Bozar (Brussels), among others. Vasmoulakis was born in 1980 and lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Journeys, 2022
. Crayon, oil, and acrylic on canvas 
66 x 53 in. (167.6 x 134.6 cm)


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