Luiz d'Orey's work investigates pre-existent urban objects, their environment and architectural construction rituals. During one of the biggest building booms in New York City’s history, d’Orey started collecting posters from the walls that surround each of the many construction sites in Manhattan. The posters are taken to the studio, where their inkjet printed images replace the use of paint in depictions of the buildings in progress. The multi-layered process involves cutting, pasting, ripping and sanding the collected material. d’Orey also reproduces the collage paintings in a poster format and pasting them back on the construction wall. This way he is able to capture the way the subject is randomly treated and altered while disguised in its urban habitat—it slowly morphs into a new organic work. The intricate contrasts explored by this practice result in images that have the objective of both informing and relating to human behavior in contemporary urban spaces.
Luiz d’Orey moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his undergraduate degree at the School of Visual Arts. During multiple school breaks he worked as an assistant for Carlos Vergara in his studio, located in Rio de Janeiro. After graduating, d’Orey has been dividing his time between his personal body of work and an internship at the Harlem studio of the Brazilian artist Raul Mourão. His work has been part of group shows in New York at the School of Visual Arts, 2015, and Winter Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, as well as in Rio de Janeiro at Ateliê Carlos Vergara, and Escritorio de Arte Alexandra Archer.
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