North Gallery: Marcos Lutyens

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North Gallery: Marcos Lutyens

602 Moulton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
April 7th, 2007 - April 28th, 2007
Opening: April 7th, 2007 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
Open by appointment unless otherwise indicated per exhibition.

Bestiary is about the forms of the connections that exist beyond our mundane objectification of reality. The purpose of the project is to effectively dredge the cortical stack for forms that represent the schema of connectedness that exists behind our perception of the everyday world.

Bestiary explores three dynamics of people to draw from: what we shall call the transitory, the unmediated and the mediated. On the one hand Bestiary 1: migrants works with the transitory as a bridge between the unmediated and the mediated. Bestiary 2: origins interacting with primary and indigenous cultures to access the longest lived traditions of perception that are found amongst these peoples, perceptions that have not been mediated by electronic cultures. On the other Bestiary 3: centrifuge interact with the most mediated groups in our electronic culture, such as advertising executives. 

The ultimate goal of the project is work with different groups of people, to examine the results of hundreds of inductions and interviews into an ecology of our collective preconscious.

The first part of the project Bestiary 1: migrants_Tecate was work with a group of 12 emigrants from different parts of Latin America. All was in the condition of transit in the city of Tecate, BC, MEX. The process was an induction with hypnosis that prompts the mind to generate a snapshot of a specific preconscious relationship in which their create a drawing and model a form responding to questions of How is the relation with their home, affective person and nature? Their do one drawing and model for each question. The key is to induce the mind to produce a form inspired by an preconscious linkage.

Bestiary is a catalog of interrelationships between ourselves and the thought processes that create them.

In the early 21st century, we are awash in imagery generated to promote materialism.  Our nervous systems are besieged by marketing messages.  Bestiary is a project that seeks to divert attention away from this objectification and promotion of thought.  It seeks to provide a window on the dynamic processes that underlie our  perception of reality.

Background Information

The concept of tapping the preconscious for artistic inspiration is as old as art itself, but was not formalized until proponents of abstract expressionism, such as Jackson Pollock, were inspired by Jung and Freud to seek methods to access the mind beyond the liminal.

Morphological Typologies
The collapse of emotions into corresponding shapes

The idea of a morphology of inner feelings grows out of V.S. 
Ramachandran’s work on synesthesia and specifically between the linkage of forms and emotions, as in his “kiki-booba” experiment, in which the shape of a form and the sound of a word is linked by 98% of those questioned.  In the case of synesthesia, which is a condition experienced by roughly one in two hundred people, the parts of the brain that process sensory input are right next to the angular gyrus, the part of the brain that handles ordinarily.

Thus links are found between let’s say color and days of the week and form and sounds.  The linkage of emotional ties to shape and color would be classed as a “higher” type of synesthesia, and implies a hyper-linkage between the different centers of the mind.  Bestiary is founded on this reciprocity of inner language and conceptions. Similarly, Christof Koch found that geometric shapes and forms are stored right next to each other and trigger a sympathetic response if the same form is spotted in the outside world. When Bestiary unearths these inner forms, the opposite process is brought into effect, as these “key” forms are anchors that immediately and preconsciously project themselves back out onto the world we know, forming a correspondence between the known and the unknown.

Bestiary as a creative pulse
A formal dialogue of the preconscious

Bestiary is a contemporary art project sustain with a statement by reconfiguration of creation, content and artistic practice today.

By the dictionary one inception of Bestiary was a person that fights to animals in a Roman circus. And Marcos is a kind of that, he lives, projects and expose a posture of a warrior that confronts the vermin of the devouring capitalist system (the contemporary circus). He uses a clear strategy to contra rest the tendencies create by them.

Is like that, Bestiary generate from and since the collective. With these the reformulation of the artist goes in contrary direction of the hierarchy author, the creator in his studio that from there rule, controls and determinate a world.

The Marcos’s cosmos beat for the collective spectrum of imagination, trance and conciseness. At work with a group of persons that into hypnosis connect with their psique to have manifestation of a view is a way to materialized the precounciousness.

In a content Bestiary at explores two dynamics of polarity, the two groups of mediated and unmediated people, and one of a transit between them, compose and state of primary sense trough a constant dynamic transformation, as is understanding of nowadays.

In the shapes of the Bestiary 1: migrants Tecate group has been identified two fundamental aspects are explored:

  1. Positive associations – home, shelter, bread, hat, father-
  2. Negative associations – dead, fear, indetermination, pain

The emotions and sensations that arise in a state of trance are collapsed into a visualized structure that has specific traits such as sharpness, soft edges, rounded curves, undulating skin, roughness, etc.

The artistic practice of art resulting of the material came from the migrante Tecate group is converted by Marcos Lutyens into drawings, digital renders and paintings.  Different formats of representation are used to externalize these visual forms:

  1. Ceramics
  2. Stereo lithography
  3. Painting
  4. Felt
  5. Video
  6. Cloth and vinyl inflatable

As the Bestiary works with the idea of the collective unconscious, opening up the fabrication to a collaborative process with artists and craftsmen is a simple way of keeping the work unaffected by single, ego-based interpretations or patronizing view-points. This process echoes new tendencies of open sourcing, that have led to the extreme success of Wikipedia, and operating systems such as Linux

With each process a collaboration is struck up with different artists

Stereo lithography is a process that is quite hands free, but is also preconditioned by  manufacturing techniques and the state of programs and interfaces.
The ceramics are a collaboration with Lourdes Huerta.
The painting and felt pieces are made by Marcos Lutyens
The video is a collaboration with Marcos Figueroa
The cloth and vinyl with Bernardo González.

The creative intent of working within a collective, not just the group induction process, but also of working with a wide variety of materials, disciplines and methods, is interwoven so that the audience is engaged and can have a direct connection with message and meaning behind the Bestiary.