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As a curator, Franzoi selected nine photos/paintings from the “Melting Spring” series by Rodrigo Ormond to compose the nadaTUDO (nothingEVERYTHING) exhibition at the Pedro Paulo Vecchietti City Art Gallery, which belongs to the Franklin Cascaes Foundation. The curatorial concept was to think of the exposition space as a poetic body and get close to the concepts of intervention and installation. By opting to plot six of the photographs / paintings directly on the wall and print the three others on canvas and put chassis on them, he discusses the relationship of painting in every space and goes beyond the concept of photography. The gallery is no longer a white box but an independent body/landscape that communicates the timeless dimensions and makes the viewer feel as if into the landscape previously captured by the lens of the artist and now finding new meanings as art.
Only silence in nadaTUDO (nothing EVERYTHING)
Man Against Nature , by Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) , is the starting point for a dip in the nadaTUDO exhibit by Rodrigo Ormond. "After all, what is man when it comes to nature? Nothing when it comes to infinity; everything when it comes nothing; an intermediate point between everything and nothing. As we are infinitely unable of comprehending the extremes, both the end of things as well as its beginning remain hidden in an impenetrable secret, and it is equally impossible to see the nothing from the place where the infinity that surrounds it comes from."
By transforming the gallery into an independent body that communicates the space, Ormond invites viewers to reflection while they feel immediately swallowed by the immensity of colors that pulse through the embedded walls.
Each mass of color is permeated by an invisible hugeness of nothing or EVERYTHING. Staring at the universe, human beings look for a sense for art and existence in space. Nothing and EVERYTHING are not absolute things, because nothing is. EVERYTHING and nothing co-exist, one is filled with the other, lack and existence. There is nothing without everything and no everything without nothing.
Ormond is a photographer who debuts in the visual arts and discusses the image as a means and not an end. He tries to capture the results of the chronotope movement by completely abstracting the shapes, while revealing colors and rhythms previously nonexistent before naked eyes. He makes photography a poetic thing by featuring other sensory realities. He causes the unusual to reach earlier and later developments of the captured image. He goes beyond the support, the relationship between the painting’s inside and outside. He sets color, weight and line impacts, reaching the fragmentation of the space where the temporal dimension is evident.
To engage with the concepts of intervention and installation, he testifies photography as technique and shows technology as something useful for the audience’s enchantment. The artist thinks of the space as a sublime body and puts the human being before and beyond the landscape and its nature: an invitation for a pictorial dive.
Blaise Pascal said "The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me". You can then say that in complete emptiness, in the crystallized cosmic energy, this nadaTUDO is only silence...
Process and inspiration
Questioning the popular meaning given to the ability to make photos, Rodrigo Ormond presents an environment created to his world, a world which unconsciously awakens the senses. For that purpose, he knocks out the symbolic information and delivers a universe of colors and rhythms.
The images selected by curator Franzoi to compose the exhibit nadaTUDO will be displayed in an installation with parts 2,35 m tall and some reaching 5m wide. "The goal is to create the universe of sensations that we are always involved by but often do not realize, such as the psychological forces that affect us before the names and symbols. Perceiving these forces in such spaces thrills me. With my art production, I intend to fill out those spaces with sensations and take away the names".