Leo

Marz

Zapopan, 1979

The origin of his ideas is abstract. A savage and chaotic stream that he accesses through artifacts, narratives, music and cultural products with apparent connections between them. The choice of the subjects he assesses is only a pretext to surrender himself to the flux of discontinuities that exist in the distance between great discussions about subjects of our time and all that we experiment in our daily lives but cannot manage to define with words.

His actions become visible through spacial montages that bring objects and subjects together, trying to tell stories.

Bio

The origin of his ideas is abstract. A savage and chaotic stream that he accesses through artifacts, narratives, music and cultural products with apparent connections between them. The choice of the subjects he assesses is only a pretext to surrender himself to the flux of discontinuities that exist in the distance between great discussions about subjects of our time and all that we experiment in our daily lives but cannot manage to define with words.

His actions become visible through spacial montages that bring objects and subjects together, trying to tell stories.

Lives and works in Monterrey.

Leo Marz has an MFA in new media as part of the program by Transart Institute and Donau Universität in Krems, Austria. He is part of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores (FONCA). He has received several grants including: Programa Jóvenes Creadores del FONCA twice, Colección Jumex, Programa de Estímulo a la Creación y al Desarrollo Artístico (PECDA) and the third edition of the program Bancomer-MACG Arte Actual.

He has recently shown his work at Museo Jumex, and previously at the XIV Bienal FEMSA (comissioned artwork); the Biennial of Chechenia; the 2nd Biennial of Yucatán (honorary mention on installation), Palazzo delle Arti in Napoli, South by Southwest in Austin, CMJ Music Marathon in New York, Center for Curatorial Studies Bard Hessel Museum in Annandale-on-Hudson, Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris; Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, Museo de Arte Moderno, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Casa del Lago, MUCA Roma in Mexico City and Museo MARCO in Monterrey. In recent years his work has been included in public collections such as Colección Fundación M.

He has given several workshops in museums such as Museo de las Américas in Denver; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City and Museo de Arte Manuel Felguérez in Zacatecas. From 2008 to 2012 he was professor at CEDIM in Monterrey.

He co-directed La conversación, a program focused on the transdisciplinary production of contemporary art. He was co-curator in the videoart program Círculos de Confusión: Caos Social y Ficciones Dominantes for Transitio_MX 04.

He was resident curator in Object Not Found where he developed a series of exhibitions, video programs, conferences and created an online forum on discussion and critic on emerging artistic practices in Nuevo León during the first decade of the XXI Century. He was local curator for the XII Bienal FEMSA. For three years he directed Lugar Común, a space for poetic production in Monterrey. He is currently the director of the UDEM’s art school.

Selection of Works

I kiss you --- across hundreds of separating years
Xalapa travertine marble, silicone hosepipe, LED strip, brass and steel rod
Variable dimensions
2021
1
Humo ajeno (i)
Acrylic on canvas
133.86 x 96.46. in
2020
3
Humo ajeno (iii)
Acrylic on canvas
133.86 x 96.46 in
2020
4
Las señales muertas
Bronze
Variable Dimensions
2020
2
Escena de tarde que pretende continuidad
Acrylic on canvas
9 pieces of 33.47 x 23.62 in ea.
2020
5
Escena de tarde que pretende continuidad
Acrylic on canvas
9 pieces of 33.47 x 23.62 in ea.
2020
6
#cc (05)
Dry Toner and Acrylic on Canvas
31½ x 31½ inches
2019
15
/(~7
Pigment Ink Print on Canvas
63 x 47¼ inches
2016
18
1981
Oil on Canvas
25½ x 17¾ inches
2019
19
1982
Oil on Canvas
25½ x 17¾ inches
2019
21
Batallas del display (01/117160AC)
Acrylic on Canvas
63 x 46 inches
2018
12
Las batallas del display
Acrylic on canvas
63 x 47¼ inches
2018
17
Las batallas del display
Acrylic on Canvas
63 x 102 inches
2018
16
Monolito
Acrylic on Canvas
71 x 63 inches
2020
22
Monolito (01/8060AM)
Acrylic on Wood
31½ x 23½ inches
2019
24
Un buen final (de la serie Las batallas del display)
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 100 inches
2019
14
Monolito (03/2020AL)
Acrylic on linen
7.8 x 7.8 inches
2018
8
#cc (04)
Dry toner and acrylic on canvas
23.6 x 23.6 in
2019
7
La nueva onda del silencio
Installation
Variable Dimensions
2017
10
La nueva onda del silencio
Installation
Variable Dimensions
2017
9
Batallas del display (01/140160AC)
Acrylic on canvas
55.1 x 62.9 in
2018
11
Detalles de El viento (de la serie #cc)
Dry toner and acrylic on canvas
62.9 x 188.9 inches
2019
13
Nuevos ojos
Acrylic on canvas
59.1 x 66.9 inches
2020
27
La superficie como umbral
Acrylic on canvas
88.6 x 79 inches
2020
23
Huele el guante
Acrylic on canvas over MDF
55.1 x 47.2 inches
2020
27
El internet mata la escapada
Acrylic on canvas
88.6 x 70.9 inches
2020
28

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