Modern art utilizing, and often critiquing, the materials it uses can be perplexing. Standing in front of installation pieces using toilets or sinks or a singular chair can confusing a person; one is often wracked with the question: what does it all mean anyway? The installation work of Alexandros Vasmoulakis is like that, except, it’s awesome.
Installation art can be a magical outlet. It’s still a physical manifestation of creativity using the most mundane materials. In doing so, that mediocrity is seemingly criticized while it makes something spectacular. Set against the backdrop of a busy metropolis, Vasmoulakis’ works are both visually and mentally appealing. They are often hilarious to look at in context of the scene. A triangular shape made out of garbage with a regal looking chair placed on top of the heap is meaningful. Does it suggest our inane want to hoard? Does it truly mean anything at all? It clearly does but it’s at the artist’s discretion to reveal it and this is one of the most beautiful parts of full-scale installation or sculpture art. Vasmoulakis’ pieces are structured, tight and neat. Although the subject matter and materials may suggest mediocrity or lethargy and dirtiness, the piece is, in fact, not. The juxtaposition of the two diametrically opposed concepts is fascinating. So is a kid shoved into a metal basket.
By: Sarah MacDonald