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Some Strange Lights in the Sky


By Marie Moébius

The next exhibition to be inaugurated at YAM Gallery will make us look up to the sky in search of the unexplained and tease our curiosity about paranormal phenomenon. In his show, I Want to Know, Mexican artist Ignacio Rodríguez Bach investigates the enigmatic lights he first observed in the mountains of central Mexico 10 years ago, known in the traditional beliefs of the people who inhabit the region as “brujas” (witches). Thanks to a grant by the very serious Art + Technology Lab of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Rodríguez Bach has been able to document the strange spectacle, thanks to low-light video surveillance.

Using still-frame photography and painting, the artist reports, investigates, and represents these light bursts. Also, through land art photography, he creates light sculptures juxtaposed over vantage points and landmarks in a symbolic representation of what could be behind the mysterious lights.

The privileged situation of the artist, standing at the confluence of contemplation, scientific observation, technical recording, and handmade representation, gives him the extra amount of freedom needed to deeply explore what scientists and the incredulous would rather disparage. Art and poetry are indeed a way to find truth, and the artist’s tools are flexible. For I Want to Know, Ignacio Rodríguez Bach uses painting, photography, video, land art, app-programming, and electronic music.

The work of I.R. Bach integrates diverse media with philosophy into what he calls hyper-language—a possible next step to transcend the barriers inherent in social dynamics.

The show will open in the presence of the artist at YAM Gallery on Thursday, July 19, at 7pm.


Art Opening

I Want To Know

Ignacio Rodríguez Bach

Thu, Jul 19, 7pm

YAM Gallery, Instituto Allende




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