Zush

Barcelona, 1946

Zush

Zush, (Evrugo, 1968 – 2001) is visual artist born as Albert Porta (1946, Barcelona). In 1968 adopts the name of Zush, thereafter he operates with the heteronym during 33 years of his career. During the exhibition [ZUSH. TECURA] at MACBA, in 2001, he adopts for the second time, a new heteronym as EVRU – the name composed of the first four letters from his conceptual creation, Evrugo Mental State (1968)–, by means of digital technology and multimedia representation Zush gave path for Evru to emerge from his own ashes, on February 23, 2001.

He is known as for his earlier use of digital technology in the field of more conventional media such as painting or drawing. Forerunner in the implementation and normalization of the art therapy introducing workshops with and for mental patients in the public fine art institutions such as MACBA (2000-2001).

His production from the late eightieth to mid ninetieth is clearly influenced by the presence of digital technology that he coins –PsycoManualDigital–; as a man of today, inevitably one has to live with the three dimensions of their reality; one’s psyche (psycho), the body- hands (manual) and the technology are the ritual and universal prothesis of the present (digital).

In 1975 he is awarded a scholarship for the Foundation Juan March and William Fulbright Foundation to studied at M.I.T. (Boston) the holography applied to the fine art. In 1977, takes part to the Documenta VI, Kassel. In 1980, takes part to the New Images from Spain, (1980), Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 1986, Scholarship awarded by the D.A.A.D., Berlin. In 1989, Takes part to the exhibition The magiciens of terre (1989), organized by Centre Pompidou of Paris.

The work of Zush characterizes for the building of a personal mythology of autobiographical nature. This own cartography nourishes of the accumulation of images that do reference to the notions of body –and all his extensions: mind, sex and time–, and of the creation of a writing, a personal code –asura– that pretends to express all what is not possible to explain of a rational way. These elements organise multiple parallel universes that keep a delicate balance between what is apparently chaotic and monstrous and the rational composition. The will of humanize the figure of the artist and his diversity of interests have carried Zush to use an extensive spectrum of means that do it difficult to catalog: of the painting, the drawing and the graphics to the assemblages, the photography and the collage, the book, the audible recording… Zush has manifested often his confidence in the creative potential of all the people, and also in the therapeutic character of the art. For him, any person contains potentially an artist, a scientist and a mystic. How in the work of artists that have worked in the limits between the reason and the madness, the work of Zush expresses the multiple personalities that populate our consciousness, other realities that the reason is not able to express and that find in the artistic creation a territory releaser that awards to the art a cathartic paper and, somehow, therapeutic.

He was awarded with the Spanish National Prize of Engraving in 1997 for his innovations in the graphic art.

Here you can see the artist's works that are part of the collection.