About the Book
Stefan Arteni’s polycontextural stylistic matrix consists of the interplay of Byzantine tradition, Western formal procedures, and Far Eastern calligraphy and seal-carving methods, a simultaneous plurality of interwoven recursive and permutative differences. One can also speak here of an aesthetics of visual fragments where cultural memory crystallizes itself, a kind of chain reaction exploring the multifaceted relationship between remembering, forgetting, and the pathways of alterity. Arteni describes the process of painting as second order cybernetics in action. The appropriate epistemology is constructivist. The ludic ritual act of the performance event creates form. Arteni’s work is echoing the myth of Ulysses, it is a quest leading the artist to addressing the intersection of art and meditative spirituality at the heart of form.