ZT Tosha

ZT Tosha: “We are testifying our own reality as it unfolds”

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ZT Tosha Art – IMG_2751

Thanks to cell phones and other similar products and accessories that we carry around with us as basic equipment, we don’t stop broadcasting ourselves onto social media, making ourselves both the subject and object while testifying our own reality as it unfolds. More and more of us create testimony not only because we appear in the media (“I was there; this is what I saw”) but because we can bear witness by the media.

The internet is distributing memories into personal, corporate and institutional archives. It is important to note here that archives never guarantee the preservation of authentic memories. It is a fact that systematic archives or historical documents are preserved according to the needs of the authorities that keep them.

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ZT Tosha Art – IMG_8020

My paintings are examinations of history and memory, through the conflicting nature of an image’s formal make up and the content it contains.  Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate or withdraw something from something else. I’m analyzing painterly expression through a technique of squeegeeing paint over the canvas.

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ZT Tosha Art-IMG_0796

“All of ZT Tosha’s paintings are made in a multi-step process of representation. He starts with a blank canvas, adding gray aerial perspective, while constantly rotating the canvas. Then he pours or splashes paint directly from their tubes onto a horizontal surface (drip technique), enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. Taking his color palette from the scene that he sees at that moment, he paints to replicate the look of the original scene. His hallmark “blur” is sometimes achieved with a hard smear made by an aggressive pull with a squeegee.” artprice.com

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Wassily Kandinsky.