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Sergio Verastegui, Scalp 14

Sergio Verastegui Scalp 14, 2018

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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Painting : oil, charcoal, collage

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    57.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch

  • Support

    Painting on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Galerie Thomas Bernard / Cortex Athletico
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    The pieces of the Scalp series make up a whole that functions like the torn-out pages of a journal, but in disproportionate sizes.

    The material that resulted in these artworks was generated during a research process, funded by the grant for Research Help/Production of the CNAP in 2016.

    This research consisted in following the trace of three characters located between reality and fiction, following in some ways the path of three lost ghosts in Mexico (1).

    The project consisted in an immersive quest process to write a script that would give rise to objects, a sculptural script.

    The project unfolds in this manner in several chapters of which the exhibition (S)CRYPTE would be the first, the one “unveiling” the script.

    Except that the scattered and fragmented notes that make up the script are brought together in the shape of a palimpsest, where they become almost illegible, in the superimposition of writings, images and written forms.
    It is therefore a question of writing, where writing becomes drawing and drawing, writing, where signs are cryptic and appear as “forms”. These forms all stem from the quest process of this Mexican project.

    The use of beeswax to superimpose layers of matter makes these pieces float between drawing, writing, and painting, but also with the nature of an object, a bit like a skin or a screen, on which information is printed, engraved and also obliterated, with elements disappearing in the background and others arising from the surface, in reference to the way the memory functions.

    (1) This quest was structured in three axes, the first concerning Robert Smithson’s trip looking for Ancient Mayan ruins between Mexico and Guatemala, that has a significant break in the Palenque Hotel. The second around Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s poetry, known also as Ulises Lima, a character from the book The Savage Detectives, written by Roberto Bolaño. The third surrounding the figure of the Pre-Columbian God Xipe Totec, the skinned man, a figure presented as a character wearing a human skin turned inside out.
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Sergio Verastegui

Peru Born in: 1981
Translation in progress

carcity of means and gestures constitutes the basis of Sergio Verastegui's reflection regarding the question of the relationship to reality. His works are to be considered as annotations, as forms of writing close to fragment. The rudimentary appearance of Sergio Verastegui's works, made of poor materials, rebus or of salvage elements, could permit a comparison with Arte Povera.

Nevertheless, the artist's approach is not the same, it is not about a guerrilla against the consummation society, but an expression of a « new poverty », organizing in an unexpected and casually fortuitous manner poetic encounters between different objects and materials. Bringing together a strong material presence and conceptualism, Sergio Verastegui's works appear as fragments of realities extracted from a torn-up world.

Verastegui willingly quotes Alain Badiou with regards to his own work : "The importance lies not in knowing what one has forgotten but in understanding what has left its mark on us". De-contextualized and re-contextualized, the fragment-traces that are the components of his installations, if they do not lose their original quality as vectors of meaning, readily adopt others.

Of Peruvian origin, Sergio Verastegui lives in Paris after having studied at the School of visual arts of Rio de Janeiro and at Ecole nationale supérieure d'art Villa Arson in Nice.

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