MARCO MAGGI OCT 22 – DEC 17 NC ARTE BOGOTA
MARCO MAGGI | Radical Optimism
Carrera 5 no. 26b-77
La Macarena, Bogotá, COLOMBIA
October 22 – December 17, 2011
Sicardi Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Radical Optimism,” a project by gallery artist Marco Maggi, at NC-arte in Bogotá, Colombia. The show opens on Saturday October 22 at 11 a.m., and will remain open until December 17.
NC-arte is a foundation dedicated to the appreciation and development of the visual arts in Colombia. Its mission is to promote, research and contextualize contemporary art through exhibitions and multidisciplinary projects.
In “Radical Optimism” Maggi fills the gallery atrium with a column over ten meters high, covered with yellow Post-its. Around this illuminated tower, a labyrinth of reams of colored paper extends across the floor. Atop these stacks of paper are delicate and enigmatic paper cuts, transforming them almost into architectural models. The back wall is filled by a large assemblage of white envelopes, also modified by the artist.
According to Guillermo Ovalle, Director of NC-arte, Maggi has created a serene space of uncertainty using his “vocabulary made of every day life office supplies.” He continues: “The paths to walk around the paper reams pose several questions: Where do these pathways lead? How does the labyrinth work? Are these the foundations of a building that was never built? There is a sense of ritual as you walk through the piece that mysteriously keeps us within the path, turning corners, turning around, and even avoiding jumping over the reams, and thus respecting the marked limits.”
Marco Maggi has said that “When I understand: I talk; when I understand less: I write; and when I don’t understand: I draw or cut small pieces of paper. My only goal is to make time visible in a world where paying attention turns out to be shocking and delicacy is considered as a subversive activity.”
For more information on this exhibition, please visit www.ncearte.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.