Have you ever seen a ghost? You may come close this month,
thanks to the new Miaz Brothers’ exhibition “Dematerialized: A New Contemporary Vision
”at London’s Lazarides
gallery. The show features new large-scale paintings from the
fraternal duo’s “Antimatter” series, a haunting mixture of Old Master
silhouettes and unidentifiable sitters that cast a haze over conventions of
traditional portrait painting.
Employing their signature style of deftly-layered spray paint
on canvas, Roberto and Renato Miaz wield their dark arts to blur the boundaries
between abstract and figurative art. The sitters are familiar but
unrecognizable, almost wraithlike. Visages emerge and recede into the canvas,
as though they were peering through a fog-streaked window. These diaphanous
faces nevertheless conjure an intensity; standing in front of one of these
portraits may incite chills or cause the tiny hairs on the back of your neck to
prick up. But chances are, you won’t be able to look away.
Extensive travels and a propensity to exhibit
their work in unconventional spaces, likes nightclubs and office buildings,
make a solo exhibition of this scale in London even more unusual. But, then
again, the Miaz brothers have always worked just out of grasp. Their gentle
apparitions leave you wanting to know more. Gallery labels remain elusive, and
playful titles such as Old Master 12 and Lady
G yield little clues. They only deepen the mystery and quicken
the exhibition’s pulse.
Catch them if you can. Before they disappear
before your very eyes.