The trial

© Ivan Cangelosi, 2016

100X97 cm

Ink on paper

Technique – Handwriting of  the while novel “The trial” of Franz Kafka (German)

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Self portrait with panama

© Ivan Cangelosi, 2016

50X74 cm

Ink on paper

Technique – Handwriting of  “The Tavistock Lectures” of C. G. Jung – Lectures 4 and 5. English

Category– Psychology

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Self portrait with wool cap

© Ivan Cangelosi, 2016

50X70 cm

Ink on paper

Technique – Handwriting of  “The Tavistock Lectures” of C. G. Jung – Lectures 3 and 4. English

Category– Psychology


Dissolution 1 (The end of the societies)

© Ivan Cangelosi, 2016

190X80 cm

Ink on paper

Technique – Handwriting of the essay of Alain Touraine – Original language (pages 1-470)

Category– Society/Politics

In 2008, in Vienna, seized by a creative fury that often marks the beginning of any artist, I made a sketch depicting some flying anthropomorphic figures which, at the mercy of the flow of time and life, dispersed themselves in different directions, intersecting each other .

I was in a Café and through the large window I watched the incessant comings and goings of people along a very busy pedestrian street. That scene made me rise in the mind a thought. I wondered:  where are they all going? Do they know where they’re going or not? Absurd thought, I know, but that’s what, at that time, went through my mind. Thinking about this, I started to draw. I wanted to depict that thought of mine and the result came out through quick gestures and in a few minutes. That strange question I asked myself by observing people, that “Do they know where they’re going?”, was the start of a broader reflection on human life in today’s society and on the awareness or, better said, on the ability to master his actions. The word that most of all continued to spin in my head was that of bewilderment; a concept that I tied to a feeling I had since a long time, and that concerned the progressive loss of traditional points of reference, in particular “ family” and “State”. It was all fault of the globalization and of the financial markets, I told myself. The first cancelled cultural identities; the seconds, undermined the concept of society, as we intended it up to 30 years ago, by subtracting capital for productive and social purposes. In between there was the State and its institutions, no longer able to foresee, to plan, to ensure health and safety. No longer able, in other words, to exercise its sovereignty and to make policy.

To a gradual but steady loss of  states’ sovereign power,  it was corresponding, in my opinion, the reverse process of dissolution of the social contract and the return to a contemporary form of anarchy characterized be the law of the jungle. And it is exactly this disintegration process, which is an indirect and unintended consequence of the  globalization, which put anguish.

Not knowing any literary text, novel or essay, which could make specific reference to these speculations, I put the drawing aside and I dedicated myself to other projects. Till when, in 2015, I came across an essay entitled, needless to say, “The end of society” by French sociologist Alain Touraine (Alain Touraine – La fin des sociétés, ed. Seuil, 2013). Alain Touraine summarized the main ideas of his essay in an interview to Fabio Gambaro of the newspaper “La Repubblica” in 2013 (note 1).

To conclude: anguish, anxiety, disorientation, disintegration, despair, anarchy. These are the concepts and feelings that I have tried to express with this work (to be followed by a second entitled “Dissolution 2”) realized through the handwriting of the essay entitled “La fin des Sociétés” of the French sociologist Alain Touraine.

Note 1  (http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2013/10/31/news/cultura_capitalismo_industriale_istituzioni_stato_classe_famiglia_intervista_al_sociologo_francese_societ_alain_touraine-69894444/).


Self portrait with green scarf

© Ivan Cangelosi, 2016

55X70 cm

Ink on paper

Technique – Handwriting of  “The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious” of C. G. Jung – Original language (pages 1-75)

Category– Psychology


Self portrait with blue scarf

© Ivan Cangelosi, 2016

55X80 cm

Ink on paper

Technique – Handwriting of  “The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious” of C. G. Jung – Original language (pages 75-154)

Category– Psychology

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Don Giovanni in Sicilia

© Ivan Cangelosi, 2016

80X80 cm

Ink on paper

Technique – Handwriting of  the while novel “Don Giovanni in Sicilia” of Vitaliano Brancati

About the novel – Don Giovanni in Sicilia is a novel written by Vitaliano Brancati and published for the first time in 1941. The main character is the Sicilian Giovanni Percolla. Giovanni is forty years old and lives in Catania, cut off from the world, with three sisters who look after him and love him. With his friends, he loves spending whole days at the bar fantasizing about loving relationships that he doesn’t dare to realize. Therefore, his “business travels” to Rome,  Viareggio or Cortina, are actually occasions to look for women and love adventures. Memories, trivial diversions and erotic dreams mark his time. One day, however, a noblewoman, Ninetta of Marronella, disrupts his life and he ends up marrying her and live in Milan with her.

Thanks to a clever use of irony, the author depicts the two souls of the protagonist: the “southern” tendency to live a quiet life within his habits, and the need to give sense to his life by engaging in work, typical of Milan. Both tendencies live in Giovanni, together with the so-called “gallismo” (male attitude characterized by ostentatious gallantry and show of masculinity), made of small talks and, above all, of glances: “the most important story of Catania is not that of customs, trade, buildings and riots, but the story of glances. The city life is full of events, love, insults… but only in the glances running between men and women. All the rest is poor and boring”.

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