Jan Hendrix was born in 1949 in Maasbree, Netherlands. He has lived and worked in Mexico since the late 1970s. His practice encompasses architectural projects, installations, glass works, prints, as well as painting and writing. Factum Arte collaborated with Hendrix on several projects involving different supports such as Lazarote which required water-jet cuts and painted aluminium, Eclipse which required a double-layered mild steel and his latest tapestries series presented here below. His work has been the object to numerous exhibitions both in Europe and America.
In 2018, Factum Arte, developed and coordinated with Jan Hendrix the production of a series of tapestries depicting the mythological landscape of Yagul, in Southern Mexico. These tapestries are on display at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC) in Mexico City from May 05 to Sept. 22 2019 and will become a touring exhibition in the following year.
Factum Arte was involved in all the steps of the process, from the creation of digital high resolution files and tonal adjusts based on the original drawings provided by the artist, to textile artistic advice on the fibre composition and stitch to define the character of the final artwork and weaving evaluation of samples, to the finishing of the manufactured piece. The transformation from drawn mark to woven tapestry has a magic of its own.
To begin with, a new weave was developed specially for this series: this required a technique allowing to translate the drawing language proposed by the artist into digital weaving. Whereas, the second step, the weaving production, partially took place in Belgium, on a Jacquard 2.8 m wide loom with no pattern repetition. The weave was based on the long regular stitches of the weft yarns, interlaced with thin beige warp threads thus adding warmness to the monochrome piece.
Furthermore, to give a singular shine to the tapestries, a 100% silk composition on the whites was chosen. This is particularly noticeable in live confrontation with the piece. Additionally, the velvet black tones absorb the light and result in a very deep matt colour. Finally, the most challenging step of the process was certainly the production of the right medium grey tones. In fact, in order to create a final fine and delicate piece that would preserve the qualities of the original drawing by Jan Hendrix, these had to be made with two different wool greys.
MUAC Exhibition, 04.05.2019 — 22.09.2019