Marco Maggi: Global Myopia (Language in Residence)
Hosfelt Gallery is pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Marco Maggi’s first video installation. The two-channel, 30-minute video installation draws its content from Maggi’s 2015 Venice Biennale exhibition in the Uruguay pavilion.
Maggi’s video venerates and satirizes the complexities and paradoxes of the experience of contemporary art from the viewpoint of a spectator observing spectators.
In all of Maggi’s work, the necessity of slowing down, moving in closely, and examining carefully are requisites to encountering the intricacies of his techniques and ideas. In Maggi’s view, myopia has a positive connotation: narrowing one’s vision to focus, pay attention, and contemplate. It becomes an act of rebellion in a world of incessant distraction, where the speed and quantity of information is instantaneous, omnipresent, and overwhelming.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1957, Marco Maggi now divides his time between New Paltz, NY and Montevideo. He was chosen to represent Uruguay in the 2015 Venice Biennale. His work is in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; as well as in the Cisneros Collection, New York and the Daros Foundation, Zurich.