Yannick Val Gesto

Belgium 1987

Digital Art, New Media Art, Prints, Collage

Yannick Val Gesto
Yannick Val Gesto
March 27, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Yannick Val Gesto is a Belgian artist most interested in cyber culture and new media. Focused on the materialization of the digital, Antwerp-based artist uses virtual elements from cyber world, pouring them into a physical state and placing in a different reality and context. Born in 1987, Val Gesto earned his BA in Graphic Design from St. Lucas, Antwerp, in 2008, as well as BA in Visual Arts from Campus Congres, Antwerp, two years later. In 2009 he received his MA in Graphic Design from St. Lucas.

Yannick Val Gesto’s “Deviant”

In collaboration with Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, Yannick Val Gesto published a book entitled Deviant in 2013. Based on the work of the community website for artists called DevianArt, Val Gesto is inspired by amateur online practices. His pieces are attempts at capturing the essence of entertainment-related intellectual properties, mainly of those that are heavy on the eye. Val Gesto’s semi-abstract 3D renders are constructed through the usage of game-fonts, 2.5D painting, found imagery and multiple image-editing programs. The working process is based on intense visual research, speed, production and trial and error. Working with digital representations from the Internet, his compositions drenched with information and an unconventional feeling of aesthetics.

Yannick Val Gesto’s Petrified Series

For one of his latest series, Petrified, Val Gesto did quite the opposite from Deviant, stripping close-up images of some of his favorite anime characters, until only black outlines remained on a white, empty background, removing the outspoken anime characteristic. The characters become anonymous, idle and gender-less, without losing the original attractive power of the screen-capped image. Through a more subtle and universal language, these works transcend their source material, beyond the niche.

Yannick Val Gesto Exhibitions

Yannick Val Gesto has participated in many exhibitions in his hometown Antwerp, as well as in New York, Edinburgh, Milan, Brussels, Basel, Eindhoven, Toronto, Athene, Rome, and Los Angeles, among others. Since 2013, he is represented by LevyDelval, Brussels, Belgium.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Soul HackersLevy Delval, Brusselsgroup
2015Residence EvilHet Bos, Antwerp group
2014V.I.P.Hole of The Fox, Antwerpgroup
2014Intermarket - Sprachen digitaler VerfügbarkeitAusstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, CHgroup
2014Soft IntensitiesGloria Knight Gallery, Auckland, NZgroup
2014Infinite ScrollBubiReichel, Spinnerei, Leipzichgroup
2014Art BrusselsElaine Levy Project, Brusselsgroup
2014The New Beauty of Our Modern LifeHigher Pictures Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2014Venturi EffectInterstizi0, Martellago, VEgroup
2014Brussels Cologne ContemporariesKeulengroup
2013Bad GatewayElaine Levy Project, Brusselssolo
2013Onwards...Base Alpha Gallery, Antwerp group
2013NadaNada Art Fair, ELP, New Yorkgroup
2013Missing LinkFlipside, Eindhovengroup
2013Time To PretendThe White House Gallery, Leuvengroup
2013DecenterAbrons ARTS center, New Yorkgroup
20122 White BoyzHectoliter Gallery, Brusselsgroup
2012An Extremely Dark PastHole Of The Fox Gallery, Antwerpgroup
2012Byob GlasgowTheGlueFactory, Glasgowgroup
2012Park06 (Bhart)Florastraat 147, Borgerhoutgroup
2012Freak Doggie, Sizzler,...Hole Of The Fox Gallery, Antwerpgroup
2012AnnualeEmbassy Gallery, Edinburghgroup
2012Open: Triennale Di Milano In Viale AlemagnaMilangroup
2012Liveartsweek (Xing)Palazzo Re Enzo, Bolognagroup
2012No ScrubsLe Monte-en-l’air, Parisgroup
2011Temporary Limits (Park)Districtshuis Ekerengroup
2011Nemo Tog Pogleda Voorwaarts-Nuts, Beogradgroup
2011Frederic Magazine #4Gallery Jean Marc Thévenet, Parisgroup
2011AttendingEEG Gallery Leipzichgroup, Minneapolisgroup
2011Beyt Al TapesHectoliter, Brusselsgroup
2010JajaVZW Emma, Antwerpgroup
2010Future ArtsS.A.L.T. Warehouse at Studio H. Teirlinck, Antwerpgroup
2010EgoIKONOKLAST at Kissinger, Berchemgroup
2010Pop ArtNICC, Antwerpgroup
2010Kaoz LilyGallery 82, Berchemgroup
2010Cave Mind107 Shaw Sreet, Torontogroup
2009BabaFestival di Arti Eccentriche e Culture Esplose, Romegroup
2009Mental DynamicsSynchronicity gallery, Los Angelesgroup
2009Piece Of CakeCakehouse & Scheldapen, Antwerpgroup
2009NudashankNudashank gallery, Baltimore, Marylandgroup
2009Halo HaloURBANSPACE GALLERY, Torontogroup
2009George Tourlas And FriendsKappatos Gallery, Athenegroup
2008Pink PoseidonIssue Gallery, Parisgroup
2008Show Cave Xxxmas ShowShow Cave Gallery, Los Angelesgroup
2008Cat Fundraiser85 Gallery, Antwerpgroup