1995 . Critics from Harris Kambouridis .
..a car that runs , .. And wear should it stop ?
minimalization and game in the works of Lazrous Maravas .
Maravas has tenderness and a playful mood of previous eras.
Years ago, when he first appeared on the scene, he used to exhibit at the gallery. Old rusty iron, unhurried from the earth, their original shape just being distinguished, objects which he that way save and gave them life again .An archeologist of every day life he revived old tin, plates, wire, cookware .He didn't talk as much of deterioration and the old taming time but the joy of collecting junk and playing with it. Later, the painter made his interests of explicit, filling up the gallery with figures of the < little footballers > the popular boys game of the postwar decades though which in competitive spirit in the so called < Pool rooms > .In his recent exhibition he exhibits small sized cars, made of several old material. So Lazarus seems to love the toys of his tender age and he revives them through his exhibitions. In his thirty years of age his personal vision and his means of expression have cleared up and the artist is already going through a course of wider establishment. What does he convey to art then?
At first sight, his works gain air interest through their simple expression, a simple, graphical figure which a car states. All alone, in continuance, in repetition and in small differentiations , a word which forms phrases .
< A car that runs and runs and where should it stop ? > Acted an old children's game. IN ENGLAND lor in some other country.. The other player answered. And what color should he ask for? Asked the first player again, and so forth and a riddle questionnaire was formed for the players. Maravas himself has as his questions vehicle the figure of his childhood car but his questions are far more complex, although their expression is simple .Can someone be plaguing now a days when performing art? . Can he be a person of few words , laconic ,minimal like the rhythmic beat of the dancing music or like the continuous throbbing of the pistons of a machine . Isn't a little color needed as the childhood excitements ask for or many, as art does as well ? .
The works of Lazarus are already heading towards an inaccessible area and are searching for the relationship between joy and machine. Like years ago they were investigating the relationship betweens the destructive time and the tenderness of memories .Maravas is not a cerebral painter , the things he makes are products of choices that hide a childish purity and spontaneity . That may be the reason why his works capture the viewer's eye before our analytical mood confirms all that can be hidden begin those happy games with the figure of a car .It's best this way.
In the past few years the proscenium of his generation has been filled by artists so absorbed in mental predestining of their works that forget to state emotions .Lazarus excites , just because he states his emotions .