São Paulo

Luiz Zerbini

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel | Galeria

The uncanny character of the latest show by São Paulo–born, Rio de Janeiro–based Luiz Zerbini was artfully revealed by both its title—“Trepanações e outros artifícios” (Trepanations and Other Artifices)—and the arrangement of the works. Six paintings, some hung unstretched on walls painted black, created a dialogue with small bronze sculptures on the floor that depicted bones or other parts of the human body. Among these were several pierced skulls, alluding to the practice of trepanation, an age-old surgical procedure to exorcise evil spirits; today it is still (although rarely) practiced, particularly in certain subcultures, as a means of attaining a higher level of consciousness. These objects lay on delicate platters made of Portuguese mosaic stonework—the decorative paving typical of Brazilian cities, perhaps best known from the famous calçadão (wide sidewalk) along Rio de Janeiro’s

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