Marco Maggi's intricate drawings demand time - time to make, and time to see. Working with modest materials like graphite, X-acto knives, Claybord, Plexiglas, office paper, or aluminum foil, he cuts, draws or etches tiny, abstract lines that incite interpretation but artfully elude it. His works have been compared to microchips, maps, hieroglyphics, or genetic codes. Their diminutive scale requires close-up inspection and time for the eye to adjust to their meticulous details.
Maggi combines his various two and three-dimensional drawings into large-scale installations that one navigates like a treasure hunt. Works are installed at unusual angles, heights, and locations, so that each feels like a discovery. Some pieces, such as those with incisions on paper or Plexiglas, are virtually absent - only visible by the shadows they cast.
Maggi likens his linear lexicon to an indecipherable language or abstract alphabet. While the drawings themselves evade meaning, their witty, punning titles reveal layers of references, from the framing of news coverage to the latest scientific discoveries. Executed on a scale that, to really see, requires time and minimizes distance, Maggi's work functions as an antidote to the excess of information transmitted through ever more intricate and rapid networks of media and telecommunications.
Language in Residence (Analogic White) (detail)
Global Myopia, 2016
Monochrome (Solar Yellow), 2014
Complete Coverage on Norman Foster, 2014
Flat Pencil, 2014
Spelling Square, 2014
Complete Coverage on Herzog & de Meuron, 2014
Monochrome (Reentry Red), 2014
Global Myopia (Utah Street), 2012
Hypo Real, 2009
Kodak Circle , 2009
Braille Wall, 2009
Blind Slide [detail of Braille Wall], 2009
Drop (detail), 2009