‘Este desorden construido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada’, Mariana Castillo Deball
March 24 to May 15, 2011, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City
A small folded publication accompanying the exhibition by Mariana Castillo Deball at El Eco, the publication contains a conversation between Mariana Castillo Deball and Tobias Ostrander and 'Esquemas para una oda tropical a cuatro voces, Segunda Intención' by Carlos Pellicer, it was designed by Mariana Castillo Deball and Manuel Raeder.
Mariana Castillo Deball has produced a large installation in the main gallery, whose rectilinear metal structure unfolds through the space like a giant serpent. Supported by this frame are irregular constructions made from papier mâché. Printed on the papers from which these forms are made are hundreds of images taken from diverse contexts: ethnographic objects, tropical plants, architecture and mathematical models. A dialogue between geometric and organic elements is established within the installation, while the textured paper pieces create shapes and enclosures that recall rock configurations found in caves. Castillo Deball is interested in how figurative rock formations are often visually confused with the background of cave walls, creating a ¨figure-ground reversal¨; a perceptual experience she has referenced through her use of images imbedded within the papier mâché structures. Informed by anthropology, fables and natural science, the installation speaks to her on-going investigation of what she calls Uncomfortable objects —the things that humans make, as emotive products of desire, research and imagination— and how these objects, in turn, change us and transform our conception of the world.
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