Interviews | August 4, 2022 |

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Interview: Vassilios
Luca Curci
talks with Vassilios during RITUALS, first appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Vassilios is a Greek – American artist, keeping now a studio in Athens – Greece. He holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from The Polytechnic School of Athens and a graduate degree in Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He was a grant recipient from the Onassis Foundation of Athens, for the continuation of his studies at Pratt Institute. Over the years, he has been working with several different mediums including oils, acrylics, inks, charcoal, oil and soft pastels, clay, resins, and mixed media. While he was living and keeping a studio in the US for more than 20 years, he participated in several group shows in different states in the Northeast. His work has been purchased by private collectors both in Greece and in the US.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Vassilios –
Art is a hologram of the artist’s soul, it’s what he leaves behind when he dies.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
V –
I hold an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic School of Athens, Greece and a graduate degree in Painting at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. When I was 2 yrs old I was involved in an accident with boiling water that resulted in a 3rd-degree burn on most of my right arm. I wished for the pain to go away but it didn’t, it went on for months on end. Maybe this experience had something to do with my delayed uttering of my first word and since I couldn’t communicate the agony and pain I was feeling to those around me, I turned inward where I found solace at the only outlet available: Crayons became my buddies and drawing my playground.

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LC – How is your creative process?
V –
Creativity to me is like taking a ride through the ever-changing landscape of the subconscious where the silenced mind is the vehicle and the heart is the driver. I let things happen even if they cancel out what has preceded them. Nothing is considered done until there is nothing more to be done to change it, to modify it by either adding something to it or by erasing something from it. For the most part, there is no preconceived idea of what to do, just the need to do something and once the first mark is made there is no turning back. Sometimes while I am working on something other ideas come to the surface, so I end up working on several pieces at one time. Sometimes, what needs to be done at any one of them is revealed by looking at the others. Paintings seem to be alive this way.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
V –
I really don’t know what style is. Any time I do something there is a vague idea of what I have done before, but to repeat it it’s not only boring and pointless, is also close to impossible. I think though, that I tend to become more abstract by letting my hands do most of the work.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
V –
I am after the thrill of what’s going to come out of what is going to be. When the thrill is gone, the work is done and it’s time to look for the next one.

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LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
V –
In my life, I had a few experiences that led me to believe that everything is connected in an inexplicable, funny way. I would like to share with you one of them: Sometime in the early 2000’s, as I was walking in Central Park I saw a pigeon feather lying on the ground and although that’s something I have seen many times before and since, at that particular time I stopped, picked it up, put it inside my jacket pocket and I resumed the walking that brought me to Forum Gallery where I wanted to see a show by artist Susan Hauptman. I walked inside and right there among the other works was one that the artist had incorporated a feather in it. I took the feather out from my jacket and placed it next to the one in the drawing. They were the same.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
V –
They have to do with the paradox that although the astonishing progress in technology has made it easy to communicate with someone hundreds even thousands of miles away it has made it harder to communicate with the one next to you.

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LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
V –
Of course, especially to the young ones.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us? 
V –
Very much so. The communication was great; you guys were very helpful every step along the way including the shipment of the artworks to Italy, I really appreciate it.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
V –
It’s easy to navigate with lots of helpful information.

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