Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Vasilis Nikolopoulos.
Lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands
How do you describe your own art practice?
I am mainly interested in exploring ideas rather than places. Most of the times, everything starts with a lot of reading and research while at the same time I am trying to shoot unconsciously and avoid thinking. You just let your reading guide your eye. By the time that I am editing the results, connections start to appear by themselves like visual puzzles.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Have you ever thought that we are making plans, we are determined to struggle very hard to make them come true and yet, we can’t escape scepticisms, we can’t escape doubt? Absurdity is taken to mean the unresolvable tension between human aspirations for meaning and the universe’s unreasonable silence on such matters.
In his book called ‘This is not a pipe’, Michele Foucault imagines a teacher explaining to his students:
“This is a pipe, ” before he must correct himself and stutter, “This is not a pipe, but a drawing of a pipe”, “This is not a pipe but a sentence saying that this is not a pipe ” [..]
What was your first experience with art?
One of the strongest memories I have from my childhood are the walks with my mother by the beach, where she was trying to explain me why a particular house was beautiful aesthetically and the next one was not, or vice versa. Since then, I am seeing lines and shapes everywhere.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
It mainly comes through literature and movies. Apparently all feed into your subconscious somehow. Those ideas affect what and how you see. It’s fun because If you and I went out and made pictures on a particular scene, we would make very different ones because we would be looking at different things.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Basically, a camera and the ability to move my hands. Although, a friend recently created a camera obscura with just a box and a mirror. Both hands is not a must requirement either. Josef Sudek had one hand and he is one of the most iconic photographers in history. I guess, I am trying to say that I do not need much to create my work.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
It’s definitely the ‘Useless machines’ from the designer Bruno Munari. No need to say much about this guy!