Volatile Structure

Geraldo Zamproni

Environmental installation

Emotion: Absorption of art

With his work Volatile Structure, Brazilian artist Geraldo Zamproni places gigantic everyday objects in architectural contexts, creating a constant tension between the object and the surrounding environment. The monumental red cushions, seemingly supporting the structure, aim to suggest the physical possibility of such an unpredictable juxtaposition but prove incompatible with reality. The cushion, a symbol of everyday life present in 100% of the planet, evokes the idea of affection, the desire to touch and caress. The artist uses this element as an ironic and contradictory intervention, as the massive structure and its weight are in stark opposition to the presented object. These monolithic red cushions have made appearances in various exhibitions in Brazil, Australia, Spain, Denmark, Portugal USA, Italy and France transforming urban landscapes into monumental works of art, as if they were compressed into the cracks of every city. Zamproni’s interventions question architecture and landscape, providing a new perspective on spaces that exhibit tension and discomfort, and inviting the audience to reflect on the dynamics between common objects and the built environment that surrounds them.



An architect and Urbanist and a self-taught artist, he dedicated himself entirely to art since 1998. In the same year he started to participate in exhibitions in Brazil (3rd Brazilian Contemporary Art Fair in São Paulo), and in 2005 he exhibited for the first time at an international level (International Painting Competition in Kobe – Japan). At the beginning of his production, he devoted himself to exploring craft approaches and unique creations using industrial materials, simulating their existence outside their common environments through sculptures and installations. There were “pillows” made of metal folds (“Silver Line”, 2007), “nails” through light poles (“Untitled”, 2006), giant “screws” through foam mattresses (“Relations”, 2006). Over time, he has sought to expand scales and approaches across space. Thus site-specific installations, interventions and objects that interact with the surrounding space to produce new interpretations emerged. They are projects that aim to change the space according to the relationship between object, environment and observer, starting from the use of familiar images. This interweaving produces estrangement and instability, a dialogue based on common references: mainly everyday elements displaced from their scale, use and habitat. By placing these elements in a new environment, a new, exciting and very particular architecture is created, which the viewer can discover as a completely new place for himself. His artistic research is based on reinterpreting the ordinary world and creating new reflections, possibilities and spaces for the imagination to occupy.

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