Enter the layers of Amon Zandos’ cyberpunk universe. Chaotic Expressionism is how Zandos describes his work which adopts a process beginning in the natural world, where he uses photographs of nature as a basis, and developing into the digital labyrinths of his repertoire. From textures, shapes, and colors he finds in the organic realm, Zandos constructs his darkly symphonic pieces by bending, stretching and contorting a piece of digitally rendered bark of a tree or petal of a flower.
Although his practice abstracts from many photographs, the collection featured here comes from just a single photo. Arriving at his arts practice from a background in filmmaking, Zandos’ images are myriad and resplendent, showcasing both the abundance and order imminent in the natural world and translated into a virtual one. Zandos’ “automatic drawings” as he calls them emerge in skeletal display, interrupting the black background from which they materialize suggesting a deeper occult reality. Taking his inspiration from painting as well as literature and graphic novels, Zandos constructs what he calls interactive graphic novels: the images move and shapeshift as the viewer first encounters, then digests his sinewy digital figures.
Zandos is originally from the United Kingdom, and currently resides in Dubai where he teaches film full-time.