The Archetypal Expressionism


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Archetypal Expressionism lies between the two major paradigms of contemporary art, the figurative and the abstract. It represents the spiritual quest for common cultural roots beyond the tragic accidents of history. It is a fascinating approach to rediscovering that Tahiti of our collective memory through the shapes and the exotic figures of our inner lives. It is art suspended between the real and the imaginary, and it needs rigor and mystery, arithmetic and lyricism, simplicity and paradox.

My work concept as a visual artist, archetypal expressionism, though could be considered a new one, it describes an immemorial artistic reality. Archetypal expressionism is indeed a new concept and yet it echoes an ancient tradition in making art, also specific to cultures of a remote past.
Strong colors, deformities and a special sensitivity to imagine the world are not exclusively the prerogatives of modern expressionists.

The archetype is a universal symbol, just as untranslatable as music. The archetypal fields are real, a mystery of the universe. The archetypal cosmos is atemporal; it only contains a virtual germ of time.

The best Romanian artists of all times, Constantin Brancusi, George Apostu, Ion Tuculescu, Paul Neagu, Doru Covrig, Ovidiu Maitec etc. belong to the archetypal expressionism, in my opinion, but also artists like Paul Klee and Xul Solar. I intend with my own concept to tell to the art community that from remote times we have THE THIRD PARADIGM (better to say, the first!) , the archetypal art, because most of the contemporary art experts asserted there are only two major paradigms, the figurative and the abstract. The archetypes have a secret power, because they have been used during thousands of years by a large amount of populations and they are now a part of our hidden inner life.That’s why they have a special emotional impact on every human being.

Every major work of art begins with an archetype and ends in music, the most ineffable manifestation of time.

Constantin SEVERIN, Suceava, 2000-2001

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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