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New Exhibition at YAM Gallery: Nicolas Jaoul

By Marie Moebius

Abandonce is the neologism resulting from the combination of French words “abandon” and “abundance.” To abandon himself to the abundance of creation is precisely the aim and the modus operandi of Nicolas Jaoul’s artistic residency in San Miguel de Allende. The French artist has received a scholarship from the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation to develop his project. The exhibition to be inaugurated on Wednesday, August 17, at YAM Gallery is the result of Nicolas’s work during the last two months in San Miguel.

By Nicolas Jaoul
Wed, Aug 17, 7pm
YAM Gallery
Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Free entrance

Nicolas has a predilection for drawing. He works with great precision and purity using pencil, gouache, or felt-tip pen. He develops scenes, objects, or characters and leaves visible large areas of the white sheets.

Jaoul likes to contemplate the incongruous in this world and in human doings. While elaborating his project, Jaoul referred to the Myth of Sisyphus. Sisyphus was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. Still, from Jaoul’s point of view, the absurd in life is not a synonym for torment. To the French artist, irrationality is a source of joyful casualness.

There is only one step between this playful philosophy and irony, which Jaoul walks with ease but never with sarcasm. For example, when he wants to question the problem of water scarcity in San Miguel, the artist raises the water jug (that 20-liter plastic bottle in your kitchen) into a totem able to transform water into soft drink! The French artist also examines our use of disposable goods: one of the exhibition masterpieces is an installation of polystyrene dishes hand-crafted with floral patterns as if it were artisanal ceramics. It’s ironic to use such a precious technique on an object which would usually end up in the trash.

The exhibition is completed by a series of three etchings produced in the Bellas Artes workshop under the supervision of Maestro Manuel Rodríguez.

Nicolas Jaoul is the fourth artist YAM Gallery has received as part of a program of artistic residency for foreigners. Artists are invited to build a specific project for the space of the gallery and receive a scholarship for excellence, which aims to build bridges between Mexican and foreign artists. YAM Gallery is glad and honored to be part of such a cultural exchange.


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