CM: Pantelis Chandris' The Observer belongs to the Hypostasis (Substance) series, which investigates the triadic relationship of the aspects of human personality: the Ego (conscious self), the Id (unconscious self), and the Superego (knowledgeable self). These aspects are embodied by three human figures at different parts of the work. The central figure at the top of the work represents the Ego - that aspect of the personality which is formed by the other two and determines man's identity. The face of Ego is life-size, while his body retains its proportion to the composition's smaller figures. Its hovering body reveals the suspension of the Ego, suggesting that it is in perpetual transformation. The Ego represents The Observer who, with its right palm shunning the glare, keeps an eye on the smaller manifestations of its personality below. The other two figures at the work's lower part stand upright with their back at one another. On the right stands with its arms folded the Id, its gaze focusing straight ahead, towards infinity. On the other side the same right palm supports the figure of Superego with its head turned directly towards The Observer, returning its gaze.
Through this triadic relationship, which is formed between the three figures, develops an antagonistic relationship with enigmatic ramifications and consequences. The Observer offers an enigmatic condition of metaphysical dimension, which ensues in the main by the discrepancy of scale. As a matter of fact, the disproportion of the composition's elements relates to the artist's wish to materialize a dreamy situation.
The Observer owes its origin to Chandris' compositions in the past. It resulted out of the artists's experimentation to recompose relevant sculptural elements in ways that create a relationship, which is as much random as necessary. Chandris is not interested in representing or proving anything scientifically. His art in general expresses his inner need to render the eternal aspects of the human personality based on the relationship and juxtaposition of space, scale and behavior.
[Megakles Rogakos 04/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens