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Alexandros Vasmoulakis

Journeys
521 West 26th Street
17 November - 29 December 2022
Sunday Blessings (11) & Sunday Blessings (12), 2022
Sunday Blessings (11) & Sunday Blessings (12), 2022
Thursday, November 17, 5:00-8:00PM
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Vasmoulakis’ canvases are kaleidoscopic explorations of Mediterranean color

Hollis Taggart is pleased to announce 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. 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. Journeys will be on view from November 17 through December 29, 2022, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 17, from 5-8PM.

Hollis Taggart is pleased to announce 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. 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. Journeys will be on view from November 17 through December 29, 2022, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 17, from 5-8PM.

 

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.

 

For more information about Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys, please contact us at info@hollistaggart.com or +1 212.628.4000.

 

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Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
Installation view: Alexandros Vasmoulakis: Journeys
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First NYC Solo Show for Alexandros Vasmoulakis at Hollis Taggart in Chelsea

First NYC Solo Show for Alexandros Vasmoulakis at Hollis Taggart in Chelsea

The National Herald, November 18, 2022
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5 Novel and Noteworthy Artists From the Artnet Gallery Network We’re Watching This Month

Artnet News, November 15, 2022
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