28 November 2015 – 9 January 2016.
‘Deliberately naive’ is a phrase that is applicable to the work of Yannick Val Gesto. His work is an expression of a fast-paced world of cyber culture and internet memes, but his prints also give away a longing for in-the-worldness that parallels Rachel de Joode’s.
Delving into a wealth of images to be found on the web, Val Gesto cleverly cuts and pastes his source material into intricate works that have a surprisingly painterly quality. Drawing from online subcultures to be found in gaming, manga forums, etc, Val Gesto is specifically intrigued by the amateur aesthetics of ‘fan art’ that people put online. Val Gesto appropriates and reworks this footage into complex, layered images. Lines, patterns and scribbles are added, seemingly at random and deliberately clumsy, but for the trained eye, it is clear that these works are minutely composed and genuinely skillful.
For his exhibition at CINNNAMON Val Gesto has created an installation with mural drawings, prints, and a found footage video, allowing the viewer to be physically present in the otherwise virtual realm of his work. Scanning the room and zooming in on the details it becomes clear that Val Gesto’s over-anxious virtual universe entails its own negation: we can read feel-good quotes like “Wii are one” and “stay positive” on the works and the walls, a relaxing found footage video of a rainy rain forest plays in the background.
photography: Lotte Stekelenburg