Dialectical landscape zerbino (doormat) 2020
“If you expect a posthumous image from an object, under no circumstances must you stare at it, you must cross it with your gaze.”
Peter Handke, My Year in the No-Man’s-Bay, 1999.
The Work comes from things found at home or just outside the house. The focus is on the doormat. We usually look at it from above and step on it and it mostly goes unnoticed. In this case we will simply work on its shape and location in space. Its shape will become the sinuous form of a sculpture that speaks to us about waves, movement, the relationship between full and empty, or simply another moment of the object. It will then go back to doing the doormat and taking care of the cleaning of our shoes as always.
A) Retrieve the doormat outside the door of the house. If you do not have it, you need to retrieve the doormat from a neighbor’s door, possibly without being seen. Don’t borrow the doormat. If the doormat is black rubber, then you have found the perfect object to make this work.
B) Find a space in your home where you can place it (always on the floor), close to a wall or with ample space around it.
C) Fold the doormat in two as shown in the figure, matching the following
exactly the two minor edges.
D) Produce a pressure between the two parts obtained by pressing them firmly between them. In doing so, you will remain in the desired position. E) Place it on the ground at the chosen location.
F) Move away just enough to admire it as an example of sculpture plastic in dialectical relationship with space.
G) Marvel at the result and the excellent work done.