In times where everything can be art, it is sometimes refreshing to come across extraordinary skill. Young Chilean Diego Lorenzini combines realistic drawings of almost photographic quality with casual sketches and cartoons. He uses everyday materials like pencil, biro and notebook, creating an immediacy that, combined with his pensive humour, strikes as a fresh approach to an established medium.
In the tradition of newspaper cartoons, Lorenzini uses humour to hint at serious issues. Yet, his artworks go further: Their fractured narrative always leaves space for interpretation. In the “Berlin-series”, for example, comic characters representing the ‘real’ world think of portraits drawn in the realistic manner of classic etching, though seen from a fisheye-lens perspective.
The series was provoked by the issue of communication, when Lorenzini, unable to speak German, was living in Berlin.
Lorenzini’s works originate in an anti-sentiment against concept art. The former disciple of Eugenio Dittborn, the Chilean artist renowned for his “Airmail Paintings”, aims to create work that cannot be fully explained by words and that drives away from the minimalist towards a new value for craftsmanship.
Currently, Diego Lorenzini is the editor in chief of UVA ROBOT records, a chilean net label created in 2011 dedicated to produce and distribute songs made by people that don’t make music for a living. Firemen, visual artists, lawyers, designers, psychologists, sweepers, students, doctors, etc. This is their Manifesto (it's in english, you should read or hear it).
Exhibition – Diego Lorenzini
13. 9. - 22. 10. 2012
Direktorenhaus, 1st floor