João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga new editions 2019

João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga is a Peruvian Italian Brooklyn-born Johannesburg based artist, composer and maker of physical and virtual “things” that play with reality by deconstructing it, shifting expectations of standard uses or purposes of objects and processes.

Orecchia began collaborating with Master Printer Jillian Ross in March 2018 with their shared enthusiasm to experiment with his drawings usually used to create graphic scores for musicians to play. The result is a series of 12 etchings and 4 woodcuts. These were exhibited at his first solo exhibition hosted at David Krut Projects in 2019 titled Instruction.

Through experimentation and improvisation Orecchia explores sound’s connective capacities through both its physical properties and material preconscious properties, seeking a balance between computer technology, hand-made electronics and real world sounds like the human voice, field recordings and traditional musical instruments.

Landscape 2, 2019. Hardground and softground etching. Edition of 3. 27.5 x 40 cm.

Orecchia’s background as a self-taught musician is in improvised performance and composition for video art, film and theatre. His practice extends to public performance and intervention and his recently completed master’s degree in Digital Arts brought a shift towards a more spatial and physical approach to composition, where sound, vibration, space, music and audience become connected in experience. 

João Orecchia’s first solo exhibition is titled ‘INSTRUCTION‘ and took place at David Krut Projects in May 2019 featuring his first series of etchings and woodcuts made in collaboration with the David Krut Workshop.