Essay on Armen Agop : DOUBLE IDENTITY by Maurizio Vanni

20 September 2013

The formation of identity is a long process that involves every person in the early years of his existence, in fact it begins in the early stages of a child’s development and consolidates in adulthood. In some ways, we might say that one of the main themes of our lives is just this search for identity, an understanding and acceptance of our being. A study of consciousness bound to the dissociation between our interior world as a human being and the world outside, with the assurance that some external models will condition our awareness of identity.

Armen Agop’s story begins like that of many young men who believe in the dream of art and fantasize about becoming professional artists, maybe traveling the world and doing exhibitions in major museums. An aptitude for drawing, determination, desire to convey and express himself, put Armen in a position to make choices and find, through hard work, his own way. Being an artist means not only following the predisposition, but also believing in something beyond rational understanding, to be disposed to enormous sacrifices and to give up a lifestyle that would surely be more pleasant and easier for a young man. Being a professional artist means to put oneself at stake every day and to be ready to make many choices cohesive with existential and artistic principles. Each element should be pondered carefully by the final goal and only the artist can be aware when he can permit reason to free completely the instinct.

The Egyptian artist shows sculptures of refined black granite, essential and elegant, that, at least at first glance, give sensations of gentleness and refinement separated by a strong identity. But if we give more time to our sensory faculties and allow our eyes to scan the forms well, to perceive the inner energy, the throbbing of the discrete centripetal movement that seem to draw to itself all forms of vitality, then everything could manifest itself differently. Agop’s work, in fact, grants to those who are in tune with his genesis, that is to say to all those people who have the courage not to stop on the superficial surface, although attractive and seductive, but to go further into the research of identity and essence.

In his works there is constantly the allusion that something cannot be explained rationally, that cannot be justified using only the sense of sight, in fact there are no instructions in which to understand his work nor a formula to predict the socio-cultural level and the sensory apparatus index of every viewer who, due to the unpredictability of emotional response, must interact both with the sculpture and his or her imagination as well.

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