The Miaz Brothers have created a category all their own. Their tool – spray paint. No, they are not street artists. Nor do any of their paintings come anywhere close to someone thinking they are or ever would be. In fact, they have made us drastically rethink the entire medium. Their new Antimatter Series is made of portraits of their friends, their dear departed (“Ghosts”), philosophers, fashionable female Japanese adolescents (“Kawaii”), and figures from the era of the English Restoration (“Masters”) – all via aerosol paint.
The result is incredible. Blurred, perfectly subdued and faded faces that haunt and intrigue. “We use it [spray paint] to represent the fact that we are composed of infinite particles in continuous evolution, which change in tandem with the complex reality that surrounds us,” they explain. “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.” While possessing multi-disciplinary skills, the brothers are inclined towards portrait painting as it in itself “prompts questions about the transitory nature of existence.”
The series “activates our awareness that compels the viewer to recognize 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.”
See more of their work at castaniergallery.com.