Luiz Zerbini – Artist Interview

Luiz Zerbini – Artist Interview


My name is Luiz Zerbini, I was born in Sao Paulo in Brazil. This work here covers 10 years from my work. The title of the exhibition Intuitive Ratio it is this kind of feeling that I have that I don’t have the power or the main control of what happens when I’m doing my work. I think like a painter so it means that all the comprehension of the world comes from my eye much more than from my mind. I just deal with some things that happen when you are just working on the canvas. It is intuitive but it is very rational at the same time. The small details come during this time when I am going out to the studio to eat something and then I go and end up passing by the street and I saw some things on the ground so I thought I’d take some of the things or if I open the door to my studio and there is a rubbish just in front of the studio, this kind of thing, or a bird just appears on the window or sometimes some of the kids go inside with something to give to me and I use that thing. I have some ideas and then I need to wait, for life comes through this idea and make a lot of things happen during that period that will finish the painting. The central piece of the exhibition is an installation. It is an installation with some elements that I use on the paintings. I think for me it is really a three-dimensional painting. The tables are sharing four different squares of same sizes with a disposition of different elements that you will see also in the paintings, but in a very precise way almost like a Japanese garden and it is very silent. I am always thinking about squares. Tiles for example and patterns and geometric things. So for example I am always doing abstract and figurative at the same time. Sometimes when I am using pattern of a tile and I just think it could be beautiful just a pattern without anything else. Another thing that you see here in the show is some monoprints. Recently I use a real leaf as a matrix. It a new thing that there are now three different techniques that came from the figurative landscapes. There is one small watercolour – a simple way to just make landscapes. We show this together with the film, it is a very quiet film. It is also a landscape and there is no movement of the camera in this film. It is almost like a painting, you know, it is always the view from a painter. One of the films, while I was using my camera, it is an old camera, some glitch happened and it was really beautiful because the landscape reflects over the water, and there is some glitch over it, and then I use this same idea over paintings like a conceptual idea to have a reflection of the world on the canvas.

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