DENYS ZACHAROPOULOS

Art magazine, ARTI, vol. 15, 1993

Excerpts from a text of 1984

 

In his fifty years of work Zongolopoulos has succeeded in maintaining one of the most dynamic and dialectical positions towards the constant metamorphoses, rifts and incisions that, the perspicacity of an investigator, hr tirelessly accomplishes his work.

The spirit that characterizes his conception exceeds the narrow measurements of his work as constructed object in order to open itself to a clear questioning to do with the function and basis of art itself. In this sense Zongolopoulos is a contemporary artist: not only because he adapts to the requisites of a new era; not because he studied - or still better digested - the precepts of Picasso, Brancusi, or even more contemporary teachers; but because by abandoning in advance every prefabricated solution and every given formalistic problem, he took the risk of participating critically in his era. His passion for investigation is not confined to fruitless experimentation, or to superficial relations between forms. Instead, he manages with courage and pragmatism to place the forms in function and the functions in crisis.

The constant metamorphoses in his work aim at a clear and incorruptible artistic conscience. Not only does this conscience vigorously deny the artist' s allegiance to the iconographic or representational commands of the dominant ideology, it also ceaselessly tackles in a positive way the need for an essential ground for the substance of art and the decisive assumption of the work of art as a composite esthetic whole. This entity completes a social and historical function, not only as content, or as style or form, but as the genuine means of its existence.