Working at the interstices of drawing, collage, video, data analysis, and sound, Mexican artist Erick Meyenberg (b. 1980) generates immersive multimedia experiences that merge complex processes of translation—from data to object to image. Premiering in this exhibition, the three-channel video work The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg (2016) borrows its title from Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias), a 1903 play written by the Polish-French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who coined the term surrealism. The plot, in which a man gives birth to children, conveys the poet’s essential idea: imagination will preserve art from modern science through the union of surprise and analogical parallels to reality.
The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg is an intricate case study of participation and coproduction between an artist and a specific community. Meyenberg proposes a theatrical exploration of the various dimensions of bio-power in everyday life, a notion that defines how violence and control is exerted on the physical bodies and lives of people. His project condenses a range of exploratory methodologies and interdisciplinary interactions developed at the arts residency space Casa Gallina (Mexico City), which functions as the sixth edition of the public art project, InSite. The exhibition deconstructs this process through the artifacts of making, turning from site and social relations to video and sound artwork.
Erick Meyenberg: The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg is curated by Lucía Sanromán, Director of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and Gabriela Rangel, Director, Visual Arts and Chief Curator, Americas Society / Council of the Americas, New York. The exhibition is jointly organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Americas Society.
The video piece The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg is commissioned by inSite/Casa Gallina 2014-2016, and curated by Osvaldo Sánchez and Josefa Ortega. The project is made possible through the generous support of Cámara de Diputados (México), Secretaría de Cultura (México), and Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo.
This exhibition is made possible at YBCA through the generous support of the Panta Rhea Foundation.
YBCA Exhibitions 2016-2017 are made possible, in part, by Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and the Creative Ventures Council.
YBCA Programs 2016-2017 are made possible, in part, by The James Irvine Foundation. Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 2016-2017: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Free First Tuesdays underwritten by Directors Forum Members. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Photos: Erick Meyenberg, The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg (video stills), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.