Eric del Castillo, a Mexican artist based in Croatia, presents the recent series of large-scale digital collages in his new exhibition titled Collapse. Through black and white collages, he continues with the established methodology of image creation by appropriating visual data taken from the internet. While building the layer upon layer, the author shows the vicious circle of human suffering through reinterpretation of motifs taken from history and art history. Recognisable segments of anthological works by August Rodin, Hieronymus Bosch or the Chapman Brothers alternate with the scenes of destroyed cities. The entanglement of complex scenes shows the perpetual repetition of historic, personal, generational and social dramas, predetermination of human downfall and the collapse of civilization as we know it.
Eric del Castillo was born in 1962 in Mexico City. After studying film and painting, in 1986 he began his artistic career using the techniques of collage, appropriation and remix. Although his work in the 80s was dedicated to performance, objects, interventions and installations, collage extends throughout his artistic work not only as the most important artistic technique, but as a way of thinking and acting in general. In 1995, he received fellowship from the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA), Mexico, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), USA. In 1996, he was resident artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA. Since 1987 he has exhibited in 14 solo and over 100 group shows. He lives and works in Split, Croatia.
On view till 3 March, 2019.