About the Artwork
A moment becomes a collage when the unexpected enters, changing the dynamic of all the players in the room, then exits without a trace of its origin (as if that even matters anymore). Perspectives change irreparably, bedsheets fold into the sea and sleep turns into a dream. Maybe a song is also playing, one everyone knows. And then it plays again, this time different, this time just a part of it, cutting off abruptly. But even just two notes reminds us of those characters, that moment, that collage in time. It's the part, the particular, which references the whole.
León is part of a larger body of work by artist Katayoon Yousefbigloo that involves a process of multiple media transformations, working across such processes as photocopying, re-shooting, and photo transfer. Over time, the by-products and unexpected idiosyncrasies of the (re)production process are incorporated into the image’s materiality, layering and compressing many chance events upon a single plane. Through repetition, both within the image itself and in the process of its making, formal elements and hidden narratives are revealed, exaggerated, and contemplated. This work was originally created for a group exhibition of Xerox-based works titled ZOO at Hit Gallery in San Francisco, California in 2021.
Inkjet print on alumminum
36" x 27"
Courtesy the artist
About Katayoon Yousefbigloo
Katayoon Yousefbigloo (b.1989, Tehran, Iran) is an interdisciplinary artist and musician working with degraded media to reverse-engineer cultural narratives and mythologies. Her work often takes shape in media installation and performance, but leaves ephemera of photography, text, and merchandise. She is a founding member of the experimental art collective Liquidation World, and holds an MFA from the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. Yousefbigloo was runner-up for the 2022 Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize.