Erika Verzutti at Carnegie Museum of Art

Erika Verzutti at Carnegie Museum of Art

Erika Verzutti at Carnegie Museum of Art

The work of Erika Verzutti. This exhibition was part of 2013 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Erika Verzutti’s work reveals the beauty and symbolic power of common objects with enigmatic properties. Interested in the formal qualities of things found in nature, Verzutti transforms fruits and vegetables, with their potential for decay, into more permanent sculptures made of bronze and concrete. In her installation here of new work, a totemic tower of eggs implies some absurd ritual commemorating endless reproduction, life and death. Within this shrine-like atmosphere, sculptures of cut gem stones and hieroglyphic tablets illustrating the cycles of the moon augment a sense of ceremonial mystery. The abundance of forms is arranged in a rather unmonumental way, mostly installed directly on the floor. The intuitive and material qualities of Verzutti’s work recall the mid-20th-century Neo-Concretist movement in her native Brazil, which rejected mechanized and overly intellectual approaches to art making in favor of a sensual, intuitive relationship between the artist and the object. Yet the accumulation of forms subverts the autonomy of a single object, suggesting that the fecundity of the parts is equal to the whole.

** All italicized text and images are from Carnegie Museum of Art and Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo.

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