Stratified Jewels by Yorgos Papadopoulos
20th August - 29th September 2018
When Papadopoulos was asked to participate in an exhibition in Istanbul in 2011, he looked beyond the divisive history of his home country and searched for the common elements of his Greek heritage and that of the host country.
While developing his unique technique of fluid art – where colour and texture is added to the silicone gel used to glue glass sheets together – he realised that the circular pieces almost generically resembled the amulets that are presumed to protect against the bad influences of the ‘evil eye’ and which are so predominantly visible in all the countries of the Levant.
From that moment on, turning this superstition around has become an ongoing theme in his work. Vessel is proud to present Papadopoulos’ latest works created to promote the values, concepts and attitudes that in his view contribute positively to a better, happier and more unified world.
Papadopoulos’ ability to exploit and harness the accidental has informed his entire working practice. Using a pioneering technique he developed at the Royal College of Art, pigments are combined with shattered sheets of industrial glass which are then re-laminated to create architectural-scale artworks that look fragile but are extremely durable.
His work is represented in private collections globally and public collections including the Eskishihir Glass Museum in Turkey, Derix Glass Studio Taunusstein in Germany and the British Airways Art Collection - Heathrow T4. He is author of the A&C Black book Glass Lamination.