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January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2015
Every month Marginalia invites an artist, curator or project to provide a series of images that will serve as the background of Terremoto, in relation to their practice and current interests. At the end of each month, the identity of our guest is revealed and the whole series of images is unveiled.
Yann Gerstberger is a French artist living in Mexico City since 2012. Eversince, he has been producing a series of textile tapestries, developing narratives inspired by patterns found in Mexican popular culture, art history and nature. These works are produced with an original technique conceived by the artist: he glues fibers of cotton (mops, originally) on vinyl one by one to form colorful surfaces, mixed with industrial fabric, preferably patterned or textured that he finds in markets in the city. The cotton fibers are dyed by hand, using a mixture of natural mexican dyes such as cochineal, and industrial ones like RiteAid, the most basic dye that can be found in the supermarket. Suggesting craftsmanship as a possible continuation of the modernist pictorial project (he quotes Picabia, Matisse and Picasso in his inspirations), Yann Gerstberger builds through his tapestries/paintings a vernacular vocabulary referencing the Fábulas Pánicas of Jodorowsky, the fantasy of the tropical seen from Europe, and the history of abstraction and its repertoire of ambiguous and mystical shapes.
For Marginalia in January and February on Terremoto, Yann Gerstberger proposed a series made of three types of visual: documentation of recent works, images found on the Internet that inspired certain forms in the works, as well as photos taken daily in his immediate environment, in Mexico City as well as in the nearby village of Amecameca at the foot of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, where he had a studio a few months.
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