In Sigmund Freud's most translated work, On the Psychopathology of Everyday Life, the psychoanalyst debates how the unconscious expresses itself in our routine through common feelings such as fear, discomfort, surprise, and attention. His desire is to demonstrate that psychoanalysis is not limited to the study of abnormality, but is dedicated to describing and understanding the human mind and the transformation we experience physically even through what we only feel. In the paintings of the duo Tangerina Bruno, routine situations, precisely framed as frames of a film production, highlight these vulgar feelings, but they are no less relevant in understanding the human psyche.
The capture of these moments by twin brothers Cirillo and Leticia Tangerina Bruno, 26, portray the moment of action of the figure who inhabits the screen. They are frozen, yes, but also in motion. They iron clothes, scream on a chair, shower, sew. It is possible to receive the vibrations of the gestures of the characters not only by what the scene induces us, but also by looking at the micronarratives that happen in details of the canvas, painted on a messy bedspread or furniture that make up the room. The realistic situations portrayed in vibrant colors bring us directly to paintings by David Hockney, Alex Katz, Alfred Leslie or even Edward Hopper. Such scenes earn their epilogues in accurate titles, which play with popular proverbs, hinting at a certain humor and irony by recognizing (and also dismissing) the emotions exposed there.
Each work receives months or even years from the minds and fists of the duo born in Porto Ferreira, São Paulo countryside. Leaning now and sometimes alternating on screen, they strengthen their own story in a heady mix of roles and talents. If Leticia holds in her hands the precision of hyperrealism in portraits and self-portraits of her own brothers, Cirillo works the stamping of the production, which reverberates and attests to the central ideas of the works. The endeavor demands the four hands and the two minds of the artists who become a living third element, owner of new ideas, that produces, paints and recounts the experiences lived by the duo.
Ana Carolina Ralston