Andrey Zignnatto's Erosions
Andrey Zignnatto shifts the brick between a dense and sturdy building material into a natural form that pushes into fragile draping formation. His use of brick traces back to buying building materials with his dad as a young kid and living in São Paulo, which is in a constant state of rebuilding and deconstruction. After revisiting the brick plant, he learned the craft and then continued to create his works through the process he picked up. Zignnatto achieves his canyon landscapes through cutting away at wet bricks revealing their inner supports before fired. This process of taking a man-made object and then back into an appropriation of nature manipulates how one looks at building materials and how society creates with them. Zignnatto does so in a minimalist way allowing for space to question the allotment of materials.
When looking at his works within a gallery setting, one views the work as confrontational due to the bricks strong connotation. But through the cutting and transforming of the material, the formal elements require notice, such as how the work interacts with the space and the line work that emerge. In Erosion, it fills up the room holding a strong presence, strict grid and then trickles out in an irregular mountainous mound. Then in Manta, blanket, remains delicate with the draped brick walls shifting containing soft curves. —Katie Peck