Posted on March 13, 2012 by Bambi
“I cannot really relate to the common sense of ugliness.”
Alexandros Vasmoulakis is deep, man. I don’t know if it’s his broken English that lends an air of profundity to his words or if he is legitimately amazing, but somehow, the way he explains his artistic motivations seems more beautiful than most. Born in 1980 in Athens, Greece, Vasmoulakis has made a name for himself internationally for his street works, breathtaking in scale and oddly disturbing in content. Vasmoulakis works prolifically across several artistic disciplines, but his Buildings series’ are really something else. Mixing traditional materials like paper and acrylic with unexpected accents of sequins and rhinestones, his signature murals stretch right across the expansive walls of high-rise buildings throughout some of the luckier cities in the world.
It would be insufficient to simply say that his work has caught the eye of the global art audience – they have hardly been given a choice – but despite the ambitious nature of his practice, the artist seems charmingly zen. In an interview with fatcap.com, Vasmoulakis shuns the hysterical and emphatic argument over the commercialisation of art based in the street and shares no committed opinion of the hype surrounding his genre. He seeks only to experiment, evolve and provoke, and I think that adds a little purity to his practice. Specific information on Vasmoulakis is hard to come by, but do you eyes a favour over at his website, and – if you are so inclined – send a little love to your own heart with the words of Costas Voyatzis at yatzer.com.