Interview with 3Po3try NYC Mixed Media Artist Angelo Giokas

 

By: Megan DiBello

I have known Angelo for several years. He first came to PTNYC via a friend of my sisters. He was a part of our very first gallery show and event at Milk & Roses Cafe in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since then, Angelo has become an integral part of our poetry events. Doing his amazing Mixed Media Collages, he awes the crowd that watch him over a span of 3 hours create a piece of art that reflects the evening’s themes. My father, an amazing supporter of the arts, had the honor of turning 60 in April. On my dads behalf, we commissioned Angelo to create a work of wine, cars, the beach and music, only a few out of the 60 themes we gave him. My dad loved the artwork and looks at it daily in the dining room towards another 60 years of life. This Thursday, we will have the honor of seeing the HEAT that Angelo brings to this Hot House of a poetry Extravaganza.

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How intense is the HEAT in your Creation?

Right now, it’s HOT. My studio is in a converted shed in my backyard. I have 2 fans in there, but it still bakes in the sunlight and humidity. Even in the winter though, it’s still hot, from all the bliss and zeal. You can call it passion, ya know.

How does your Creation surround the viewer/listener?

It doesn’t. The viewers and listeners surround the art. The art only exists in relation to people who call upon it and are willing to consuming it.

How does your Creation fill the room?

I would like to think that my Creation exists in the form of vibrating frequencies, which ultimately, require no private revelation or sensory vibrations occurring in a different plane of reality. It coalesces into something greater than itself with the poetry too. It all depends on how you look at it. Then again, the Creation is super awesome and it’s there in the room, so go check it out.

If your Creation was a body of water, what/where would it be? Why?

My Creation would be on Earth, connected in the same way that waves are something that the whole ocean is doing. A pattern, a dance of energy that is cyclical. My art is a pure drop in an ocean of all art. If not ocean, my Creation would be phytotelmata, which is the water that plants collect that might serve as a habitat for other creatures and flora.

If your Creation was a meal, what is it and how is it prepared?

If music is the food of love, let it play on. My Creation would coexist with the most soulful music; just the existence of music is totally audacious. My Creation is the last meal served to inmates on death row. Prepared any way they’d like, that Creation could perhaps enlighten them to some state of satori.

If you could tattoo a picture to your body, what would it be and why?

I would get an ongoing portrait of my growing soul or synapse of light; an organic image of colors and shapes and light that are all so clean.

What leads you to the presentation of your themes?

Everything that has lead me to this point. It’s taken me 24 years and counting to make each picture I paint. That, and all the topics I’m interested in…metaphysics, aesthetics, myths….

How does space play a part in how you create art?

The only thing I am ever conscious of when I paint is “human scale.” About people, that’s what matters. That’s a quality I admire very greatly. How honest I am with my work. That rawness quality is what I seek, and I want the space of my work and my working environment to reflect that. Space in terms of a design concept, in composition and balance, is not something I am always aware of, but it is very important too.

What are some memorable words a mentor/teacher ever told you?

She was an adjunct. She wasn’t the most influential professor I had, nor did I really develop a relationship with her after that semester, but she did comment on one of my papers and that concept has stuck with me ever since. It was very profound and insightful, and to this day it was something I strive for in my work. In a way, it’s almost like what all art is about, I think. She said that it was “interesting how (I) applied this practical/material notion of research to a topic that is at heart laced in metaphor.”

If you could retitle any piece of art, what would it be and why?

I don’t think I can I answer that. I don’t think the title of an artwork really matters.

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