He started out as Albert Porta (1946) before becoming Zush. And then, in 2001, in the context of the MACBA exhibition La campanada, he changed into Evru – an identity that he defined using the neologism ‘ArtCieMist’, a mix of the Spanish words for artist, scientist and mystic. In 1968, the power and versatility of this Catalan artist led him to create a universe with its own state: Evrugo Mental State, with an alphabet, language, constitution, map, anthem, flag, passport and currency, Zush draws on a range of artistic practices, from painting and sculpture to digital creation and performance, to explore human nature – the limits of the body and the mind, the invisible energy that runs through us – and the concepts that condition our behaviour. The catalogue includes texts by Antonio Monegal, José Antonio Millán and Ángel González, among others.
While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating.