DENYS CHEVALIER, Art and its wrapping

Denys Chevalier, Art Critic, founder of the Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, 1968

Art and its wrapping, excerpt from a text, 1968 [ARTI 15, 1993]

Unity is met as the objective, not only as concerns the conception, but the execution as well. Herein, in my opinion, lies the great secret of monumental art in all epochs of Art History, as it makes its appearance here and there, from time to time, in certain privileged plastic idiosyncracies.

This unity would have no value, in any case, if it did not result in something aesthetically meaningful, without the rhythm and the shadings that give it verve. For even if something dead, inanimate, can be influenced by a homogeneity of composition, this certainly is not enough to entitle it a work of art. This title is given in the case of a living form, to an organism. And thus these rhythmic shadings enter Zongolopoulos' sculpture. This sculptor instills the ambivalence and complexity of the rhythmic sensibilities that invigorate the whole of his plans into a profound and realistic entity derived from morphological material cast in simple matrices. Thus, through repetition, sequences or contrasts, he gives life to matter, making light circulate throughout as though it were lifeblood.

After that, it's all a matter of relationships between elements and proportions, in the best possible classical spirit (at once traditional and radical). I've been thinking about the term "classical" for some time and I'm glad to finally have the opportunity to use it for Zongolopoulos.

Indeed, we can best define the foundations of this artist's sculpture in terms of self-control, intellectual vigor, and clarity of expression. In contrast to repellent expressionism - a common exhibitionistic display of emotions that worsens with the approach of form - classicism, with the constant control the artist and his work exert upon and between each other, leads to the higher degree of coexistence between the essence of art and its wrapping. Narrowly defined by this coexistence, Zongolopoulos' art is not only one with all of light' s variations while it obeys the demands of space, it also faithfully interprets without diluting or distorting the initial sensation.