Yann Gerstberger


mixed media
39 1/2 x 27 3/4 inches

I sometimes use a sprayer full of chlorine to draw directly on my materials, graffiti like. But is graffiti painting? (yes). I also think I’m allowed to consider that my technique has to do with sculpture. I’m somehow building pictures that are halfway between painting and tapestry… I would say ‘assemblage’ is a good word. Assemblage of cotton, vinyl banner, industrial dyes and cochineal, glue. – Yann Gerstberger

French-born artist Yann Gerstberger’s vibrant, multimedia work is inspired by forms in nature and elements from popular culture, and the patterns, materials, and textiles of his newfound home in Mexico. Gerstberger’s build-up and erasure (with bleach) can be seen in this work on found fabric that combines natural forms with cartoon-like shapes in a fantastically dynamic composition. Gerstberger’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Mario Testino Museum, Lima, and in group exhibitions at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, among others.