What I liked at Zona Maco

Often called “Post-Internet” art, I’m intrigued by work that confronts the use of technology in image-making as well as considers the flow of networked ideas via algorithms or social media.

Day 1 at Zona Maco, CDMX

NY based artist Morgan Blair has been working in the studio of acclaimed graffiti artist KAWS and seems to just now be stepping out into the limelight in her own right. She’s using software like Adobe Photoshop to create the initial compositions in 2D, and then, through copious hand cut tape stencils, demarcating her shapes by hand, and finally using airbrush or other techniques to mimic well known graphic effects, like gradients and gaussian blur.

Blair has a background painting murals, which shows. Her canvases are edge-to-edge, full of color. Lastly, her pop-social mashup titles are a distinct verbal element, that connect her artwork to life on the web. This piece, “Global Warming…” visually vibrates in person, as the red and blue battle for your eye’s attention.

Morgan Blair is represented by The Hole at 312 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Morgan Blair
Global Warming, Paul Hollywood’s Penchant For Subprime Loans, and Varied Deviant Transgressions: The Dark Truth Behind The Great British Baking Show, 2019
Acrylic and sand on canvas over panel
48 x 48 in.

Such a maestro, Eduardo Serbia surfs from photography to painting and back again. He paints source photographs for the background, letting them look like photographs, before adding gorgeous gestural collages of paint smears to the surface, extremely enlarged. The surfaces of his paintings are relatively smooth, as all the apparent texture of the paint dollops is pure illusion.

This LA-born artist relocated to Guadalajara, has been featured in major institutional exhibitions including the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the 51st Venice Biennale. This work, “Bala in the Studio,” is miles further than a standard photograph of your dog.

Eduardo Sarabia is represented by Galería Javier López Fer Francés at Calle Guecho, 12 B, 28023 Madrid, Spain

Eduardo Sarabia
Bala in the Studio, 2018
Acrylic on paper
22 x 30 in.

Let’s put a bookmark in it for now.

P.S. Do you have a favorite Mexican artist? I would love to check them out.

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