Pepe Mar

Nov 8, 2013 - Jan 17, 2014

Fire Head
2013
Mixed media

20 x 20 inches 

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Pepe Mar
Fire Head
2013
Mixed media

20 x 20 inches 

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Transorientality features 12 two-dimensional paper collages as well as one of Mar’s freestanding sculptural works.

Mar has become known for his sculptural collages, with their distinctive bright color palette and use of source materials from pop culture and ancient mythologies. Both his two and three-dimensional works have developed an immediately recognizable style, at once whimsical and sinister, always exuberant. This exuberance and frenetic energy is also present in his new body of work -a return to sculptural collage -and his latest endeavor has resulted in gem-like and whimsical wunderkammer..

Each of the wunderkammer or ‘cabinet of curiosities’ is full of found objects, African masks cut from magazines, and faces created from paper reminiscent of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Basquiat and Duchamp also come to mind- indeed Mar cites Basquiat and Warhol as informing his work. Like these predecessors Mar incorporates icons both appropriated and original, but in his case the imagery is imbued with personal themes of cultural alienation and materiality.

Selected Press

The Transorientalist
November 1, 2014
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