Lester Korzilius is both an artist and an architect. He is interested in using physical means to present the unpresentable – the deepest part of our psyches that cannot be symbolically expressed. Using a tectonic expression of materials and their assembly Korzilius attempts to create a dialectical experience in the mind of the viewer. The resulting experience is more than the sum of the parts – it is a unique experience created from the disparities and tensions in the work.
Korzilius’ work is phenomenologically based in that it assumes some sensations and perceptions are common to all viewers. In parallel, there is a recognition that part of our perception is socially constructed and therefore neither constant nor common. The work attempts to balance these contrasting approaches.
More recent work has used mirrors to challenge the viewer’s perception – what is real, what is a reflection, and what is the mind’s interpretation of what it thinks it sees? The work also experiments with colour and materiality as elements of the blended artwork, with the idea that it is the interrelationships between these elements that is fundamental to the viewer’s perception.