Sergio Garzon found his home in an old industrial complex on the southside of Atlanta.
Garzon says he paints in a cave with no windows, no sun and no natural light. He is surrounded by cement walls with 30 foot ceilings, high enough for a trapeze that hangs in the middle of his studio.
Lamps and spotlights illuminate a space filled with paintings, sketches, wood carvings and work benches.
Sergio hammers away on a block of wood that will become part of a three dimensional wall mural. He takes the wood through different processes, hammering away at the wood alternating between gentle and brute force.
There is not limit to the materials Sergio experiments with to create his art. He uses wood, dirt, plaster, dried up oil paints, a broom and most anything that makes a mark.
Garzon grew up in Bogota, Columbia following his aunt and grandmother around in the fields. He says that’s why many of his paintings use landscapes.
One painting shows a brown background with white figures moving about. The painting brings back memories of his family’s work as flower pickers in Bogota.
Garzon does not have pictures of his childhood in the fields, all memorabilia vanished when his home flooded years back. He reenacts some of the painful memories in his work. The figures in his paintings are often headless. For Garzon the head is only a façade, but the body never lies.
The bodies in Garzon’s paintings are twisted and juxtaposed. Garzon says it doesn’t really matter how the parts are put together. Feet are sometimes where the head should be.
Male and female bodies are often fused together. Garzon says there is something in between the man and the woman that he finds real and human. According to Garzon, we are made out of both man and woman.
His show entitled “Headstand” is a look at the years Garzon has spent hiding away in his cave in love with the process of art. For Garzon, the first step for an artist to take, is letting people know he exists. Garzon is not sure he’s done such a great job of that and hopes people will come out to see his work. The exhibit will be on display until mid-October.