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Norton Maza Shows at YAM Gallery

Norton Maza, Break, Materiales reciclados, grafito, largo 1m20, 2017

By Marie Moébius

YAM Gallery is proud to inaugurate Norton Maza’s next exhibition on Thursday, November 16. This solo show is the result of the gallery’s wish to be part of the creation process and to work as close as possible to the artist production. This is the reason why YAM has been providing a program of artistic residencies to several artists for the past five years, and Maza is the latest granted resident. Working in collaboration with the MUSA (Museo de las Artes in Guadalajara) and Building Bridges Art Exchange, YAM Gallery has taken part in providing Maza’s venues in Mexico. The artist was first invited to create a solo exhibition at the MUSA: Geografías del Olvido. This in situ installation was inaugurated in October in the tapatío museum, focusing on the experience of the migrants all over the world. Now working in San Miguel de Allende, Maza is preparing a series of sculptures and paintings that will be part of his solo show at YAM Gallery. Creating from the inside of the gallery allows the artist to prepare site-specific pieces and to take an active part in the museography of the exhibition.

Born in Lautaro, Chile, in 1971, and having studied in France and Cuba, Maza has been marked by the political exile of his parents. His work denounces the violence of power—political, religious, or social.

His gigantic installations, in which the public is invited to walk, call childhood to mind since they are built like fantastic movie sets, often involving recycled material, found objects, or vintage toys. The playful representation of violent scenes enhances the grotesque of our society.

At YAM Gallery, Maza will show Break, a series of cardboard sculptures representing huge automatic heavy weapons. The detailed craft of the objects is stunning, considering the poorness of the material used (only recycled from the trash). The constructed pieces can be seen as an outlet of a childish desire to “play war.” However, the scale of the objects enhances our brutal fascination with violence and invites the viewer to consider the responsibility of the weapon industry in actual disasters.

The exhibition will also feature photographs of his installation El Rapto, which has been presented as a solo show at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Santiago de Chile. A series of watercolor paintings will complete the show.


Art Opening

Work from Norton Maza

Thu, Nov 16, 7pm

YAM Gallery

Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 20, Centro


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