RAMSES R. OLAYA | (What's the Story) Morning Glory?

Opening Saturday October 17th, 2009
October  17th to January 2nd, 2010


Ramses R. Olaya | (What’s the Story ) Morning Glory?
By Iris Garcia and Luis Quintino
ImageIn the 90s British Alternative Music boomed with the arrival of the mainstream, that remitted to the 60’s British invasion, headed mainly by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The clearest example of this was represented by Oasis, with their second album "What’s the story morning glory?" Which for many represented a musical revolution that contrasted the already set grunge, despite the emergence of these two genres came from postindustrial contexts, and similar socioeconomic strata.The revolutionary title did not reflect the vision that the same Oasis had in front of his album, and it worked rather as a change of perspective, but it also was a tribute to the British rock tradition, an example is "Don’t look back in anger".
In the work of Ramses Olaya reference to "What’s the history morning glory?” is drawn from the sentence that names the album, in other words: a glorious history of the next day, intended as a metaphor for success and failure , the reflection as an opportunity to continue a path, keep doing what you like. Beyond portraying the group as a music icon, the work made by Ramses attempts to create a parallel between the strategies and processes of the band in order to reinterpret them within the urban industrial context that comes from the North of Mexico City.
The main ideas presented in the exhibition are shown is several points that are related to each other thematically, but are determined in different media, from drawing to audio - sculpture. The series "Aristotle in da house" has several versions of the same song played simultaneously in different languages, which can be heard individually or as a sound atmosphere. Going back to music again, but in its lyrical level, "476" (47.6 mm for a second play on a cassette) de-contextualizes two different songs creating a narrative similar to the side A and B, in which they have a dialogue themselves.
In that same sense of dichotomy, "Mental Landscapes" intervene directly in the wall, while presenting hand-cut moleskines, suggesting a relationship between positive and negative in the piece, with two technical solutions, not just graphically but the matter itself, each being an echo of the other. While in the piece "Viewmaster" the appropriation of drawing cartoons and comics about a break with the serialization and produces a single object. As a story the day after the exhibition is a reflection of the artistic process from an alternative perspective to traditional art, which incorporates the spirit of the music to make reading and sense of immediacy that has specific pieces of rock.