For the artist Vasilis Angelopoulos, ritual plays a significantly crucial role in the creation and aesthetics of his work, constituting a kind of “metapraxis” as defined by composer Jani Christou: a conscious transcendence from the practical nature of the creative process which leads the artist to ecstasy, in search and in contact with the internal, the innermost, the non-visible. With the continuous and seamless processing of specific material collected from locations that are linked to his personal life, the artist lives through a transcending experience that results in an internal katabasis. Like the Symbolists, the artist aims at rendering abstract notions and eternal values into tangible form through the use of symbols. Ash, soil, lime, bones, roots, tree branches, pomegranate juice, gold and paraffin are processed alchemically and then used symbolically, to convey concepts such as creation, death and consciousness.
Vasilis Angelopoulos was born in 1988. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia in 2015. Aiming to illustrate abstract concepts, he creates deconstructive forms with non-painting materials and media. He has participated in exhibitions at the Melina Mercouri Institute, at theaters Vault, Simeio and Lola Nicholaou’s Gallery. With the multimedia project of Conjecture he has appeared at the Frankfurt Institute of New Media and the Czech branch of the Czech Foreign Ministry in Bulgaria. [Biography updated on: 12/9/2019]
Duration: 4/10/2019 – 19/10/2019