Alexandros Vasmoulakis & Wendy van Santen
- Caroline Kurze
For this ‘Two of a Kind’ feature, we provided Amsterdam-based photographer Wendy van Santen and artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis with three identical objects that they transformed into unique artworks. The items that we sent this time were: marbles, coffee filter and plastic glasses. See what they created out of it.
Alexandros Vasmoulakis, born in 1980, is living between Athens and London, where he is working as a freelancer. The core of his work is based in outdoor murals/large wallpapers, installations and the studio work, in which he is mostly painting or else making Dadaist collages. His principal purpose in all above cases is comparable to a culture-jammer, who tries to cast a snappy look at contemporary public communication, a glance that is most of the times enacted by the aesthetics and cognitive of advertising.
For ‘Two of a Kind’, Vasmoulakis wanted to change the original items completely, so he decides to melt the plastic cups on top of the marbles and he burnt the coffe filters. Really suitable to his artworks that he often uses to study the boundaries of life and death.
WENDY VAN SANTEN
The work of photographer Wendy van Santen is a lot inspired by common everyday objects that she places in a different context. As she tells us, she loves to carefully create modern conceptual still life images with a handcrafted feel.
For ‘Two of a Kind’ she let herself inspire by the shape and the materials of the items. Her aim was to create colorful images with the not so colorful provided objects. The items ended up inspiring a series of abstract ‘landscapes’ in poppy colors. Wendy developed the series together with stylist Bibi Silver Funcke and art director and set designer Hans Bolleurs.
The triangular shape and paper texture of the coffee filters reminded them of indian tipi tents so they built an abstract landscape from tent like shapes such as pyramids and cones. With the marbles, they were looking for contrasting shapes and went with squares and rectangles in bright and happy colors. They built an abstract city for the marbles to be in surrounded by post-its, cardboard boxes and rubber balls. With the plastic glasses reinterpreted as silos, they built an abstract laboratory together with all the glass, plastic and fluids they could find around the studio.