East of Eden is a collaborative project between Grear Patterson and Yves Scherer which takes it’s title from John Steinbecks novel published in 1952. Conceived as an exhibition series which unfolds over multiple stages and cities in the month of June, Jeanroch Dard is pleased to present it’s second chapter after it’s prelude in Berlin.
Taking over both gallery spaces the artist have created an immersive environment which is informed by a recent stay of the
artists in Mexico City. More specifically the installation is a response to mexican architecture, in particular that of it’s most famous exponent Louis Barragan. An “emotional” architecture as he calls it, barragan often use raw materials as stone and wood and combined them with orginal and dramatic use of light and colour. The pink used here aswell as the balls spread through the rooms are references to this style - while he used mirrored balls spread through the room to keep control of the room and visitors in site here they also make us think of candy. This moment of temptation is taken further with a video of a woman putting on sunscreen in an endless loop and the drawing of a lavish woman with heart or is it strawberry shaped sunglasses.
As with the architecture of Barragan and Mexico in general, given mainly due/thorugh it’s really mild climate, inside and outside of a space become a very fluid concept, there is no actual barrier or skin between the two, but they are treaded as two sides of the same ... In the “outside” area of the exhibition here is a jumping board which is half ready made and half sculpture, the actual board replaced by marble. This removes some of it’s functionality but adds an aesthetic quality to the minimal object. On the wall there
is a print of the image used for the invitation only, a photograph taken from the roof of the Lois Prieto house in the Gardens of Pedregal in the southern part of Mexico DF.
It’s balloons swimming in a marvelous blue speaking of a kids birthday or happy hours spent around the pool. At the same time it’s a more abstract image of colour play or fish in the ocean, pollywoogs in the primeval soup that became the lab of humanity.
Yves Scherer and Grear Paterson - East of Eden
Galerie Jeanrochdard, June 15 - July 16