The Miaz Brothers, two Italian siblings whose huge canvasses and distinctive use of spray paint mark them out as one of the world’s most original artistic double-acts, are set to display Dematerialized: A New Contemporary Vision, their first ever UK solo show, at Lazarides Rathbone from 16 May to 14 June 2014.
The exhibition will consist of a selection of new paintings from their Antimatter series, a diverse range of portraits of their friends, their dear departed (‘Ghosts’), philosophers, fashionable female Japanese adolescents and figures from the English Restoration (‘Masters’). All are created by the layering of spray paint on large-format canvas to create a ‘blurred’ effect, with each subject identifiable yet disguised by the Brothers’ method. Alongside their ‘Masters’ and ‘Ghosts’, the Brothers will also display a new series of sculptures and a set of research paintings for the Antimatter series, showing the diverse approaches and ideas behind each painting.
While they employ aerosol paints, the Miaz Brothers have never been street artists nor are they ever likely to start. "We use it to represent the fact that we are composed of infinite particles in continuous evolution", they say, "which change in tandem with the complex reality that surrounds us." The spray paint produces the blurred effect that defines the duo's work: "dematerialising the lines, we gain a substantial indetermination of the picture. This skips any immediate reaction and provokes the viewer to use mnemonic associations instead for their own personal visual information encoding." "We look to provide a visual experience that activates our awareness, that compels the viewer to recognise and re-establish the limits of his or her own perception, to regain control of the real. The paintings invite us to always be able to take a considerable distance, to see the whole picture."