Gertz & Jones turn divorced brides into mandalas in high concept Bergamot Station exhibition.
Nymphas Dissolutio has been chosen as a hosting exhibition for the
opening night of Month of Photography Los Angeles.
MOPLA's opening night reception at Frank Pictures:
Immediately following artist reception
Saturday March 31, 7-10 PM
Frank Pictures Gallery presents Nymphas Dissolutio, The Bride Revisited, a photographic installation by Mercedes Gertz and Nancy Louise Jones from March 31st until April 27th, 2012. The March 31st artist reception immediately precedes a celebration of Nymphas Dissolutio as part of the opening night exhibitions of MOPLA, the Month Of Photography LA, debuting at Bergamot Station that same evening. Inspired when a recently divorced friend referred to her bridal pictures as her “most valuable piece of trash”, Gertz began a 10 year odyssey of collecting her now divorced friends discarded bridal portraits and in collaboration with the artist Nancy Louise Jones, reconstructing them into Mandalas, circular symbols of what Carl Jung called “the representation of the unconscious self”, thus creating a new symbolic landscape out of the detritus of the white wedding’s once-upon-a-time broken promises. My intention is to create a space where they can exist with out the need for a groom or someone outside of themselves for completion. In this way they embody both the archetype and its consequences. Marriage and divorce are seen in the light of false expectations. Art has that power of deconstructing and constructing an idea by giving it a body and a shape.”
Mercedes Gertz was born in Mexico City. In 1990, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of Design. In 1993, she co-founded with Gabriela Serna a children’s art education program sponsored by the Guggenheim Museum in Mexico City. In 1997, Mercedes exhibited her Alicias collection in Mexico City. In 1998, she was awarded the Fonca scholarship for culture and arts initiative. She obtained her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2001 from Otis College of Art and Design. From 2001 to 2005 she was the Chief Curator of the galleries of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, Her graphic work is in the collection of the Museum Luis Cuevas, Mexico City.
Nancy Louise Jones is a 4th generation southern Californian whose work in painting and photography is mixed and diverse in media, celebratory in nature, exhibited and collected privately and publicly. She earned her BFA from UCLA, where she mentored with William Brice. She's been exhibiting her work in galleries throughout the US since 1982 when her first solo show at the Bridge Gallery was chosen to launch the “LA Street Scene”. In 2007 Nancy began her first foray into collaborative projects as both artist and editor for groupLA2008: An Intimate View of LA" and SC2009: An Intimate View of SoCal". Both projects were launched as part of MOPLA at Gallery SkART in Santa Monica, and Autumn Lights Festival, Pershing Square, Los Angeles.