Volatile Structure

Geraldo Zamproni

Environmental installation

With Volatile Structure, the Brazilian artist Geraldo Zamproni inserts objects of daily use of enormous dimensions in architectural contexts, and the result is the constant tension between the object and the surrounding context. These large red cushions apparently support the structures in which they are inserted: there is a clear intent to make it seem that such an initiative is physically possible but incompatible with reality. It turns out to be an ironic and contradictory transposition, its structure and its weight are in total opposition to the work presented.



An architect by training 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 Hyogo – 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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