Exhibition “The Scepters of Consciousness – no worries -“

“WITH FANTASY AND DREAM”

 

“Art, should announce the advent of a new era,” Andre Breton wrote, and Angelo Tziara remains faithful to his call for lowering natural vision and develop imagination. With fantasy and dreams. With imagination and dream as his weapon, he releases his creations out of oppressive structures and relationships.

 

Starting with the actual, his objects and characters are being transformed. The images are presented contextually and derive, perhaps, from a deeper level of the subconscious without direct perceptual relationship with the outside world. His works are well structured and have originality and
authenticity.

 

Zoomorphic creatures, secret symbols, objects of everyday life, human figures, flowers and decorative allegorical motifs in unexpected locations create a narrative paradox pictorial universe and establish the personal, artistic biography of Tziara. Using universal symbols like the sceptre, he explores the way in which people perceive their identity and consciousness. Is there a global “collective consciousness”?

 

Could we talk about a “universal noosphere”? Is it possible for the human kind to prognosticate, think and sympathize collectively?

 

Sceptres also highlight the human element of the artist, his distant and elegiac style and his full of nostalgia and anticipation nature. With their imposing and massive form, like a delusional and poetical hallucinatory ritual, they are simultaneously symbols of expectation and redemption.

 

At his series entitled “no worries”, the unrealistically patterns of his metaphysical and mainly enigmatic painting, illustrate that the source for Tziara’s artistic expression, is the subconscious rather than the substantial, following the model of surrealist artists. His palette is intense, with emphasis on blue, yellow and red.  His technique original: enamels and Indian ink. On the canvas he depicts with absolute freedom an impression, a memory, an idea, with a direct, almost childlike way, and this is probably his individuality.

 

His art reflects the enigmatic and mysterious sense of painting, where the object loses its utilitarian dimension and appears only in connection with its symbolic and enigmatic life. The physical existence of objects and the rational order are disturbed and latent poetic data are released. His artistic forms are unrestricted from the shackles and the anxieties of daily life, the conventional time is disturbed and forms are transformed in a field dominated by randomness and unexpected encounters. In many cases, they function as symbolic metaphors that cannot precisely be interpreted and analyzed, conceding the control of the artistic process in the subconscious and dreamlike fantasy.

 

The technique, the plastic structures and the time-consuming use of the material at the zoomorphic frames have an unpretentious freshness. These qualities suggest an artist who knows his work perfectly and is not easily satisfied. Someone not trapped in a structure throughout his quest to find his pictorial language. What always characterized Angelo Tziara was the mood for experimentation, for exploration of new expressive media. He started with painting, created jewellery, experimented with installations, discovered sculpture. His works entitled “the sceptres of consciousness”, and “no worries” are evidence that some artists can be renewed constantly.

 

Eleni Gatsa, Archaeologist-Art Historian