Exhibition

Vasilis Asimakopoulos - Phantoms

16 Feb 2018 – 30 Mar 2018

Event times

Fridays and Saturdays 12 - 6pm or by appointment

Cost of entry

Free

WBG London Projects

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England, United Kingdom

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PHANTOMS, the first solo exhibition by Greek artist Vasilis Asimakopoulos with William Benington Gallery, examines how echoes of an experience or event can sometimes seem to remain present within a place or space.

About

When we step into an empty community hall, municipal waiting room, a faculty or studio, we sense the shadows of its past, an accrual of the mundane, a history of the everyday. Similarly, when visiting the site of a significant or tragic event we can feel something of the weight of shared emotion felt by a community. In Phantoms, the artist invites us to be sensitive and receptive to this idea, to look for the common ground between a landscape and an event, and to bring to it our own personal experiences. 

Asimakopoulos takes familiar objects and changes or remakes them, subtly shifting our perception of them and allowing us to reevaluate our associations and assumptions. Elsewhere he makes studies of surfaces, white on white, built up with marble dust. As we find ourselves trying to find an image or pattern for our eye to fix onto, searching for meaning, these surfaces screens for our own projections. Throughout, dust is all-pervasive – marble dust, soot and brimstone (sulphur) – perhaps from a busy sculptor's studio, or detritus from a forgotten history. The overall effect is dreamlike; an image conjured up from a half forgotten memory, familiar yet distant. A phantom. 

Artists CV:

Lives and works in London, b. 1982, Athens

Solo exhibitions
2016 Norwegian Concrete, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2015 Whiplash, Convoy Projects, London
2011 Dunes of Aspartame, Bannwarth Gallerie, Paris
2010 Sorbic Acid, UMBRELLA gallery, Leeds

Group exhibitions
2014 Vulpes Vulpes Open, Vulpes Vulpes, London
2014 In Place of a Trophy, Beers Contemporary, London
2013 Breathing Space, Hanmi Gallery, London
2013 Silence and I, Hanmi Gallery, London
2012 Kiss The Future, Schwartz Gallery, London
2012 Tungsten Borealis, Arch 402, London
2012 Making Out, Arch 402, London
2012 When We dead Awaken, Beers.Lambert, London
2012 Beers.Lambert , London Art Fair
2011 Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
2011 Creekside Open, selected by Dexter Dalwood, APT Gallery, London
2011 Foreign Body, Wayward gallery, London
2010 Desire Is A Golden Carrot, The Albion, London
2010 Marc Lüders & Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Patrick Heide CA, London
2010 Designers Of The Future, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2010 Triumph, Triumph Building, London
2010 Park Night, Pump House Gallery, London
2009 RBS Bursary Awards 2009, RBS, London
2008 Cargo, Cargo, London
2008 Slick Art Fair, Centiquatre, Paris

Degree shows
2011 RCA Show 2011, Royal College of Art
2010 RCA Interim Show, Royal College of Art
2008 Middlesex University Art & Design Degree Show, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London

Competitions, prizes and awards:
2011 Winner Mostyn Open Award 2011, Oriel Mostyn
2011 Conran Prize 2011, Shortlist
2009 RBS Bursary Awards, Royal British Society of Sculptors

Collections:
D. Daskalopoulos Collection

About WBG London Projects:

WBG London Projects
50 Tower Bridge Road
Bermondsey
London SE1 4TR

Inspired by artist-run project spaces, over a period of twelve months we will be presenting a small selection of artist-led solo presentations by sculptors. These installations will feature developmental or experimental work and works-in-progress, or premiere new, untried work.
 
WBG London Projects continues our gallery goal to further the development, exposure and profile of contemporary sculpture. It will operate alongside our sister project, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, which will re-open in May 2018.

For more information:
www.williambeningtongallery.co.uk
george@williambenington.co.uk

Curators

George Marsh

Exhibiting artists

Vasilis Asimakopoulos

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