Paper mache is a technique used by studio La Garrapata de la Oveja, of Rolando Martínez and Bayrol Jiménez, to create popular objects of the Oaxacan festivities: calendascarnivals or day of the dead. Their work is a continuous research in which the artisanal object seeks new ways of reflexion. The mask its assume as an ornamental object when taken out of its context of ritual and festivity. The particular way of using signs and symbols when painting the mask its inspired by the pop culture, their works invoke the problematics between Oaxacan traditions and globalization.




The Performative Perspectivism

Text by Alejandro Beteta

We are fallible beings because we are forgetful; we seek order as to not fall prey to the nonsense. The obsession for a theme is the incessant search of the unfurling of the soul of the artist, that, through the formation of color, expresses a personal impression of feelings. With the belief that the world is how we see it or judge it, we create an alternate meaning from our obsessions.

“Authentic art of this century is an investigation of the abyss, an inventory of absence,” says N.G. Dávila in Annotations on an Implicit Text. Bayrol Jiménez uses color and geometric figures to search the inventory of absences; the sense of the emptiness brought to him by quotidian appearances are transformed into symbols. From the anarchy of the lines and colors, his rebellion of the quotidian is born. The attraction that is felt for the decadent architecture of the metropolis, the pop icons and the symbolism of a fragmented modernity and disposable identity, desecrated by the unease, is expressed through an isomorphic dance derived from symbolic metamorphism.

 The oneiric symbolism of color, the whim of form, for Bayrol Jiménez, is a search for the meaning of drawing. His artistic work is drawn to provide cultural meaning to that where it appears scarce; giving a hypnotic and psychedelic discourse born within the depths of the unease of forms. His work, without participating in a fully defined space, is a fragmented and eclectic synthesis of elements that result in a performance and practice of feeling.


BAYROL JIMÉNEZ, Oaxaca, 1984

The work of Bayrol Jiménez is formally and conceptually based on drawing and painting, taking inspiration from comic strips and Mexican pop culture. His works are often ambitious installations, revealing an unbridled imagination and combining a large variety of mediums such as wall drawing, tapestry, painting, sculpture, and performance.

Bayrol Jiménez is an alumni of Villa Arson (Nice, France) and La Esmeralda (Cdmx, Mexico). His work has been presented in solo in Mexico, Germany, France, the U.K., the Netherlands, Spain and the U.S. He took part in the exhibition Resisting the Present at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris in 2012, in the group exhibition Sakahan at the National Gallery of Canada in 2013, as well as in the Havana Biennial in 2015. Jiménez also participated in residencies at Fonderie Darling (Montreal, 2019), SeMA Nanji (Seoul, 2017), PAOS (Guadalajara, 2015) and la Cité des Arts (Paris, 2012). He lives and works in Oaxaca (Mexico).