GIORGOS DIVARIS Untitled 1988 - 1994 [R/A] - x +

CN: DivG1988unti

MT: mixed media: oil on canvas and carboard, wood, iron, X-ray plate, and PolyVinylChloride on steel sheet (108x75x17)

TX: signed with brush at rear center in Greek <G. DIVARIS / 1988 - 94>

DN: Mr. Giorgos Divaris - 2009

LC: ACG - John S. Bailey Library, basement

CM: As known, Giorgos Divaris seeks to allow his works to yield generously personal readings. The present Untitled work is from a series about the adventures of form - as resulting from the processing of materials and shapes - to create unexpected feelings and unsuspected associations. In the main his work encorporates disparate and worn materials, visually recycling products of contemporary culture. On the basis of a polished steel sheet Divaris creates a composition of various found materials. On the upper section he places a cardboard and a canvas covered with pigment from an oil tube. Right below, on an old wooden board he pegs a doubled X-ray plate of part of a human basin, while further down he glues a molten mass industrial PolyVinylChloride - PVC.

It is worth noting that the X-rays that Divaris used at the time originate in medical examinations of a friendly of his, thus endowing his work with a personal character. The mass of PVC is a thermoplastic material, which means that it softens when exposed to heat and can be shaped at will, while the form is preserved when cooled. Divaris chose the particular PVC mass for its shape, which resembles the human brain.

In keeping with abstract expressionism, Divaris' Untitled work presents something not readable or recognizable, but nonrepresentational and selfreferential that leaves open the possibility of any cohesions to the viewers. The present composition belongs to a period during which Divaris was concerned with the aesthetic aspect of materials. The succession from one material to the other was the result of purely aesthetic decision. Divaris chose materials with an aim to accentuate the color, shape and texture of mater. Naturally, the aesthetic effect causes the viewers' conceptual participation. This Untitled work can clearly be perceived as a monument recording poetically the adventure of the waste of present day civilization.

[Megakles Rogakos 06/2009]