Private view: 22 January 2020, 6-8pm
Exhibition of site-specific wall painting by Mateo Gabayet, first year student, BA Fine Art: Painting at Camberwell.
Completely covering a large 2.7x2.3m wall space in Camberwell College of Arts’s reception area, this new work is composed of prints made using more than 150 stencil designs and a diverse and vibrant colour palette.
Multiple layers of overlapping shapes create confusion and intrigue, aiming to seduce passers-by and invite them to make sense of what they are seeing. This piece offers a different experience with each viewing.
With the primarily geometrical patterns suggestive of the artist’s Mexican origin and sourced from pre-Hispanic civilizations, Gabayet’s practice is influenced by the Mexican muralist movement along with his street art practice developed in Paris.
Taking inspiration from electronic music and techno, Gabayet’s work depicts a kind of visual rhythm with repetition and looping shapes. These circular patterns are a visual abstraction of a relatively new musical movement, with a visual language which appeals to a human primal instinct.
The Big White Walls Project is sponsored by Liquitex and Cass Art.
Image by Mateo Gabayet