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Simón Vega – February 2024

Please join us in welcoming February Ma’s House resident artist Simón Vega in partnership with the Parrish Art Museum. Vega will create new work at Ma’s House during his residency for his upcoming exhibit ‘Tropical Space Castaways’ at the Parrish Art Museum with a Member Preview on February 24th from 11 am – 1 pm.

Vega creates drawings, objects, sculptural installations, and happenings inspired by local markets, self-made architecture, and vendor carts found in the streets and beaches of Central America. His sculptures are Third World replicas of the sophisticated capsules and satellites developed by NASA and the Soviet Space Program during the ‘Space Race’; however, they are assembled with found materials, including transmutable elements, colored lights, and live plants. This series, titled Tropical Space Proyectos, comments on the effects of the Cold War in contemporary El Salvador and Central America. In other artworks, the artist reinterprets ancient Mesoamerican architectural sculpture, Modernism’s iconic buildings, and contemporary surveillance systems, creating an ironic and humorous fusion between past and present, first and third worlds.

Born in El Salvador in 1972, Simón Vega graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Veracruz in Mexico in 2000. He received a Master´s in Contemporary Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid in 2006.

He has exhibited his work extensively in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including the 55th Venice Biennial in Italy (2013), the IX Havana Biennial in Cuba (2006), at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California (2018), at the Bronx Museum in New York (2019), at the Centre Pompidou, París for the exhibition Cosmópolis 2 (2019) and at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid amongst others. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Costa Rica, at Locust Projects, Miami, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Dallas, Texas, and at the Hilger Next Gallery in Vienna.

He lives in La Libertad, El Salvador.

In lieu of a public event at Ma’s House, please join us for a Member Preview at the Parrish Art Museum on February 24th, 11 am – 1 pm. More info and register here: https://parrishart.org/event/member-preview-simon-vega-across-the-avenues-and-beyond-the-horizon/

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