“in english, magma is the ‘molten rock material within the earth from which igneous rock results by cooling.’ in spanish, it has an additional meaning: ‘thick substance that supports tissues or other inorganic formations, which remains after squeezing the most fluid parts out of them’ (remember that tissue and weave, in spanish are the same word: ‘tejido’).”
18/07/2012 § Leave a comment
maximo gonzalez, magma c – i (2010 – 11)
maximo gonzalez, magma cccl – i (2010 – 11)
maximo gonzalez, big magma ccclxx – i (2011)
“magma” pieces, by maximo gonzalez, have been made with “money paper that never touched anybody’s hands” (on the contrary of the previous work, that was all made with money out of circulation, which passed through thousands and thousands of hands before becoming part of the artwork).
this paper is the border of the bills (20, 50, 100 $, etc.) that was trimmed during the process of fabrication in the bank of mexico. this paper is normally destroyed. maximo rescued it, stuck it together to produce long threads, and weaved it in a loom constructed by him, based on the traditional looms of oaxaca.
the bar codes that can be seen in different parts of the resulting weave contain the full identification of the bills that come out in sheets during the issuing process: each sheet indicates nominal value, series, bill numbers, quantity in batch, everything to uniquely identify the bills contained in that production.
the color bars that can be seen at a closer look, are used for controlling the quality of the printing, alignment, and other security standards.
thus, all the information contained in the woven piece (“magma”) is the remainder of the bill which was detached from the sheet, approved for circulation, and introduced to everyday life.
before i had read the background story describing the material used in maximo’s pieces and seen his beautiful work in full view, mounted to the wall, i thought it would make a nice table cloth. the desire for maximo’s pieces to be introduced to everyday life as table clothes might just be a personal thing, since the pastels and patterning reminded me of the simple table clothes my grandmother used. it could also be related to the use of the loom, and the quotidian setting of the last installation picture above. personal anecdote aside, i highly recommend looking at the work of maximo gonzalez.
introduced to everyday life
a young hare
[title + images + text] it all comes from maximo gonzalez’ website. for more pieces made from money follow this link: right here.
[more paper on walls] this piece originally came to mind when looking at mathias goeritz’ installation at the camino real mentioned on ayh last week.