The obsolete man of Schopenhauer

The key tenet in Schopenhauer’s philosophy is the Will: (Idea being a direct adoption from Plato) the inaccessible metaphysical substratum of all natural phenomena. He bestows this name upon more or less everything, from the power of gravity to the fatal attraction that brings two human beings together – a kind of conceptual panacea for every conceivable disease of our interpretative apparatus. Everybody is primarily a subject of the ‘will’, viewing the external world, the animate and inanimate objects, either as threats to one’s existence or as potential satisfiers of one’s desires. The implicit atomism of the above leads us into another of Schopenhauer’s favourite concepts, the heavy artillery so to speak, of his pessimistic Weltanschauung: it is the principium individuationis, according to which ‘we mortal millions live alone’ without any possibility of fellow feeling. The world of the principium individuationis is the Darwinian world of terror and suffering, of the survival of the fittest, in which nature arbitrarily bestows and withdraws life. In existentialist terminology this would be described as the human condition.

The purpose of the project is to represent the most tragic aspects of the human nature and its motion, such as war,madness, social change, chaos and hate. An accretion of feelings that are metaphorically represented by specific visual forms, wish are abstract conceptually, but concrete and tangible form.
As a vision of totalitarianism, “The Obsolete Man” encapsulates a common fear felt throughout Europe during the cold crisis era: the destruction of the rights of man at the hands of the state. This series of paintings is a set in dystopian future at a point when the state has total control over the lives of man, and can and does declare those men and women who do not serve its ends as “obsolete.” Like the librarian named Romney Wordsworth having been declared obsolete by the Chancellor for his occupation at the The Twilight Zone series, back in 1960’s, the Europeans beg for mercy in their “final hour”. As victims appears alone on these paitnings feels no guilt for his actions, and feels no need to sugar-coat them or pretend they are anything other than what they are.

Dionisis’s world gradually evolves, or devolves, into the vision of a nightmarish monochromatic dark world created by a continual collision of the human and the architectural form. The application of dark shades of oil and monochromatic tints, elements like clocks, books, lying flooded bodies, toys, trees etc, besides the strong contrasts, makes everything intentionally more oppressive and tragic.