POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College will present the solo exhibition Marco Maggi: Lentissimo from January 20 to April 1, 2012. Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, the Art Center’s Emily Hargroves Fisher '57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator and assistant director for strategic planning, Lentissimo is an exhibition of 14 colorful new works by Marco Maggi made expressly for the occasion of this exhibition.
Named for the Italian word for very slow as well as the musical tempo that denotes only 40 beats per minute, Lentissimo explores the artist’s relationship to time while inviting viewers in for quiet, careful observation. The works on view represent not only the slow pace required for viewing the work, but also reflect the intense concentration, introspection, and attention to detail involved in the artistic process. For example, works in Maggi’s Hotbed series which will be on view on the floor of each gallery, are at once large-scale, site-specific installations and a series of miniature sculptures, inspiring the viewer in to experience them on two levels – from a distance and then up close.
Maggi, who resides in the Hudson Valley community of New Paltz (NY), “is an extraordinary draftsman known for his painstaking attention to process and minute detail,” remarked Lombino. “He takes ordinary mass-produced materials such as reams of colored paper, rolls of aluminum foil, empty slide casings, eyeglass lenses, white envelopes, and acrylic parking mirrors as the starting point for his work. He then transforms these everyday items through his intricate, often repetitive, and sometimes obsessive patterns that spread across their surfaces forming amorphous landscapes, imagined topographies, or elaborate diagrams that serve as a commentary on the high-volume, technology-driven speed of the world in which we live.”
“Maggi’s labor-intensive drawings can be seen as a visual response to that over-stimulation. They require time and close physical proximity on the part of the viewer to engage with the work,” explained Lombino..
In his Hotbed series, an ongoing installation initiated in 2000, Marco Maggi uses simple reams of photocopy paper, one of the most basic (and soon to be obsolete) modes for recording data. In previous versions of Hotbed reams of blank white photocopy paper were perfectly laid out on the floor in a grid mode to create corridors and avenues. The top sheet of each ream is marked with incisions; creating folds of micro monuments that project sharply cast shadows onto the paper. The floor installation becomes a wall-to-wall carpet of white paper from which tiny scenarios emerge. Three new Hotbed installations will be created for this exhibition at the Art Center and, for the first time, the reams of paper will be not white but yellow, blue, and red.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Marco Maggi has exhibited extensively throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. His work is included in several public collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and Guggenheim Museum (New York City), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC), and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The exhibition is supported by the Evelyn Metzger Exhibition Fund.
Friday, January 20
Art Center Atrium
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 18,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th- century painters. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.
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