About Ivan Cangelosi’s art
The idea behind Ivan Cangelosi’s art is that of combining literature with visual art through the transformation of the novels (and literary texts in general) into figurative art.
In other words, Ivan Cangelosi, through the whole rewriting by hand of the texts, turns books into paintings.
The idea that the novel could be not only read, but just looked at and admired, in a single act, just as we do by looking at a painting, it was therefore the original intuition which led to the creation of these works.
It is of primary importance in this kind of works, the relationship between the contents of the novel and the image portrayed in the painting. This makes the fruition of the artwork be truly complete, only if one has previously read and understood the content of the book “portrayed” in the painting.
From the stylistic and technical point of view, Ivan Cangelosi uses the handwriting and, in particular, the dense texture of color that the writing produces, to create abstract and figurative art. In this sense, pen and ink are instrument and material for “stitching” the weft of the works (kind of modern tapestries), as well as, for example, are the needle and thread for embroidery works.
Ivan Cangelosi’s art is intimately tied to the novel and literature in general. It is not simply the mere use of writing in order to fill up the shapes of the objects portrayed. It regards more the redistribution in a figurative or abstract form of the whole text of the novel within the perimeter of a single space. Ivan Cangelosi’s art aims, in other words, to a visual and evocative synthesis of the content or message of the novel and, ideally, from the symbolic point of view, also wants to be a come back to the origins of writing and ist primordial forms and representations.
Ivan Cangelosi’s art as a visual and intellectual experience.
Looking at an Ivan Cangelosi’s work could be considered an intellectual as well as a visual experience. The visual impact with the work is reinforced by the fact that the picture that one is looking at, is nothing more than the text of a famous novel rewritten by hand. Ivan Cangelosi merges into a single perception the intellectual experience that one has when reading a book, with the visual and emotional experience that one can have by admiring a painting.
After hundreds of years, the spirit of the ancient amanuensis art revives in the originality and uniqueness of absolutely contemporary artworks.