On Exhibition now through April 27th.
Inspired when a recently divorced friend referred to her bridal pictures as her “most valuable piece of trash”, Gertz began a 10 year odyssey of collecting her now divorced friends discarded bridal portraits and in collaboration with the artist Nancy Louise Jones, reconstructing them into Mandalas, circular symbols of what Carl Jung called “the representation of the unconscious self”, thus creating a new symbolic landscape out of the detritus of the white wedding’s once-upon-a-time broken promises. “My intention is to create individuation (as opposed to the union of matrimony) for the divorced brides. I want for them to exist without the need for a groom or someone outside of themselves for completion. In this way they embody both the archetype and its consequences. Marriage and divorce are seen in the light of false expectations. Art has that power of deconstructing and constructing an idea by giving it a body and a shape.”
Mercedes Gertz was born in Mexico City. In 1990, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of Design. In 1993, she co-founded with Gabriela Serna a children’s art education program sponsored by the Guggenheim Museum in Mexico City. In 1997, Mercedes exhibited her Alicias collection in Mexico City. In 1998, she was awarded the Fonca scholarship for culture and arts initiative. She obtained her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2001 from Otis College of Art and Design. From 2001 to 2005 she was the Chief Curator of the galleries of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, Her graphic work is in the collection of the Museum Luis Cuevas, Mexico City.
Nancy Louise Jones received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles where she mentored with William Brice. Her first solo show was for the City of Los Angeles at the “Bridge Gallery”, followed by exhibitions at the Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, and Harleen Allen Gallery, to name a few. Her work is in the permanent collection of the South Bay Contemporary Museum and many private collections.