DONGDA, LA GRAN CAMPANA
Evru is an artist who cannot leave the observer indifferent. Formerly called Zush (until 2001) and born as Albert Porta, he has regularly reinvented himself throughout his extensive career. While defining himself as an artist, scientist and mystic, Evru has created an imaginary space with his own language and symbolism.
“La Gran Campana, Dongda” [Dongda, Great Bell] is a personal artwork that fascinates and disturbs at the same time. It was one of the last works he created as Zush, and, for the artist, to conceive the “La Gran Campana” was an act of double creation: the art of its conceptual and aesthetic composition, embodied in the mould and the quasi-magical process of its bronze smelting that could be compared to the birth of a new being.
Evru wants to recover with Dongda the tradition of the ring of the bell. Thus, the observer is never passive in the presence of “La Gran Campana”: he can intervene in the action of making it vibrate, or in the process of receiving the acoustic message. Your sensory stimulation can both congregate the nearby community and promote the spiritual union of self with self, with humanity and with the universe.
Recollection, depth and symbolic communication with the hereafter: a way to break boundaries and find new answers.
From now on, then, the visitors who walk through The Artists’ Vineyard at Mas Blanch i Jové will be able to enter the forest, play, communicate, meditate or simply listen to how the landscape vibrates with the sound of the Dongda.
“We installed ‘Dongda, La Gran Campana’, ecstatic in a small forest so that visitors could ring it and its good vibrations spread throughout the vineyard.”
“Thanks to my great friend Frederic Amat I met Sara Balasch and Joan Jové; they visited my cave-study and immediately their enthusiasm and purity of spirit convinced me of the wonderful experience that participating at The Artists’ Vineyard would be.”
In 1968 the artist Albert Porta decided to become Zush and began creating the Evrugo Mental State, an imaginary territory with its own codes and symbols. From the beginning of his career his work has focused on painting and drawing. In the mid-1980s, Zush began to integrate digital technologies into his work, being one of the pioneers in Spain of hypermedia and online production. He received prestigious grants from the Juan March Foundation and the William Fulbright Foundation to study at the MIT in Boston (1975) and the DAAD in Berlin (1986). In 2001 he became Evru. He identifies as an ArtCienMist: artist, scientist and mystic.
His work has been widely exhibited. For his two retrospective exhibitions [Zush La Campanada] at the Reina Sofía Museum, MNCARS, Madrid (2000) and [ZUSH.TECURA] at MACBA, Barcelona (2000-2001) he received the City of Barcelona award in 2000-2001. He participates in international exhibitions such as Documenta VI in Kassel, Germany (1977); New Images from Spain (1980), at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York, USA, etc.
His work is part of countless national and international collections such as: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco; MACBA, Barcelona, etc.