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Yannick Val Gesto

A (Soul Protection) - Yannick Val Gesto

Much of Yannick Val Gesto's work arises in the obscure depths of the internet. Here, the world wide web serves as a limbo and receptacle for images and ideas that once seemed fashionable and innovative or were never really finished. Due to the lack of distinction the internet's memory makes between national borders and continents, cultural backgrounds, popular or intellectual activities, games or historical information, this parallel world consists mainly of extreme intercultural hybrid content.

Val Gesto digs through this massive amount of cyber-wreckage as a modern archaelogist and digital anthropologist, quoting his finds while recycling it into his own visual language, which sees the light of day in the form of (3D animated) videos, installations and digital prints.

Within his work, these internet legends are transformed into contemporary myths, game characters receive the same status as Medieval saints, whilst abstract and multi-layer processed images refer to ancient engravings and paintings, yet also to the remarkable universal - and sometimes excessive kitsch - aesthetics of a large part of active Internet users.

(Alexandra Crouwers)

A (Soul Protection) - Yannick Val Gesto
B (Mickey Surprise) - Yannick Val Gesto
C (Positive Thinking) - Yannick Val Gesto
D (Live From The Heart) - Yannick Val Gesto
Installation view Elaine Levy Project Art Brussel 2014 - Yannick Val Gesto
The New Beauty of Our Modern Life - Yannick Val Gesto
The New Beauty of Our Modern Life - Yannick Val Gesto
FF self-portrait (DEVIANT) - Yannick Val Gesto
Gleam of Heaven and Earth - Yannick Val Gesto
Next Gen - Yannick Val Gesto
Summoner (met script) - Yannick Val Gesto
piercing wind - Yannick Val Gesto
2 White Boyz
20X20 EX
An Extremely Dark Past
An Extremely Dark Past
Cyberlife 2.X
Freak Doggie
SOI-EN002 900
Strength of A Thousand
Black Hole Sun
No Fear

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