I’ve chosen to show you Alexandros Vasmoulakis paintings but his core work is actually large scale murals – which are pretty incredible – and installations which he’s been working on for years in his native Athens.
Vasmoulakis sees himself primarily as a communicator, as someone who subverts contemporary public communication and the aesthetics of advertising. His latest paintings ‘Figures’ are loud physical compositions layered with thick swathes of paint and applied with a brutal technique. Yes his paintings have a foundation in the traditional form of portraiture but Vasmoulakis exaggerates, distorts his subjects to create menacing figures who seem to scream out, want to say something, are trapped in bright pop colours, a neon world of consumer trash.
For Vasmoulakis this vapidness, the pose, the posture, the entrapment is due to the outside influences of contemporary society, consumer culture and the media. It is empty. It is his response to a World that has been failed by capitalism.
You can see Vasmoulakis’ new work anytime up until 23rd February, 2013 @ LeBasse Projects, 6023 Washington Blvd, Culver City, California.