“The Scepters of Consciousness – No Worries“
I am sitting in front of my computer screen, looking at the face of a dog in a cage. The only thing I see in his eyes is the longing for love. The photograph’s title is in French: “L’abandon est un crime”, “Abandonment is a crime” I stop for a moment... and my mind starts to think. I imagine humanity being free, happy, with love and unity. Man with man and man with animal, with nature, with everything on Earth. Humanity without FEAR, fear of life and death, with awareness and conscious of its creativity and thought. Without clashes between ideals and convictions. I imagine a new generation, a new race. THE DOMINANT ONE! In this new race, no one judges and no one compares. They do not choose and they do not reject because there is no need for that. They look through the innocent eyes of a babe. Revolutions against corrupt societies, against traditions and organized religions are things of the past. Conflicts between gods and between holy men are over. It is the COOL generation. They are free, highly aware, bright and illuminated. Without a label for themselves and for others. It is the most peaceful coexistence, man + man + the planet. They have the knowledge now and they hold the scepters and everything has the same power as the scepter of the God, Hermes.
Once again, I look at my computer screen and immediately log on to YouTube – I click on the song, “Imagine” by του John Lennon and I close my eyes to imagine... Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one Toys become the symbols of this new generation. This collection is dedicated to this new generation, to Nature and to the animals that I adore! Angelo Tziara
“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
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