PIERRE RESTANY

Measure is the pleasure of all, 1988 [Zongolopoulos, 1990]

My friend Zongolopoulos is the man of measure. His work is a constant illustration of the central concept of Greek wisdom: Moderation.

We know that the ancient Greeks, worshipers of practical harmony, displayed certain doubts about the human essence, that is about philosophy or wisdom. They avoided both emotional passion and ideological dogmatism. They respected both sexes in the splendor of youth. The formal system of Zongolopoulos is based on the equilibrium of non-representation. There is nothing irrational in this language which rests on the idea of a logical harmony. And if we can speak of geometry in his work, we mean a logic of rhythm. Form is image to the extent that it bows instinctively to the law of structure.

The message that the artist is communicating to us is a message of mental peace. I have rarely seen such controlled work, without the least lapse in taste. The humanity to which it refers is not an ideal world; it merely obeys a slightly better system, one that knows how to take the part of things and to make us receptive to the corresponding qualitative leap.

It is this freedom of spirit regarding the formal diapason that fascinates and reassures me when I am in touch with his work. As long as there are sculptors like George Zongolopoulos, the world will continue to believe in the essential power of art: the visual emotion of each for the pleasure of all.