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.
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.
Exhibition open: 16 February – 30 March 2018
Open Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm or by appointment
WBG London Projects
50 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 4TR