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Marcos Rosales

Excerpts from the Demons of Diversity

March 23 - April 22, 2007

Opening Reception : March 23, 2007 7-9 pm

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to announce the first New York solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Marcos Rosales. The exhibition will feature new enamel paintings on canvas and large black macrame sculptures.

Marcos Rosales was born in Waco and raised by an adopted family in central Texas. His background is reflected in his deeply psychological work that is both cryptic and sardonic. Earlier works documented his search for his biological family with several pieces relating to an actual letter found in his adoption files. This emotional and apologetic letter from his biological mother was covered with black ink scribbles concealing all pertinent information. In Rosales’ world, colored by a rural upbringing of witchcraft, Santeria, tarot cards, and faith healers, the logic of autobiography leads not to the concrete but to twins, doppelgangers and multiple personalities.

In this body of work, Rosales mines his collection of stream- of-conscious writings titled ‘The Demons of Diversity’. Words and phrases lifted from his poems, stories, and monologues have been transformed into scripts for his numerous video works, as well as transformed into songs by the electronica band Experimental Make-Up. In this installation, the texts reemerge in his paintings as barely recognizable references, more abstract imagery than words. Their cryptic messages and surreal proclamations subliminally inhabit the stark white surfaces of the paintings.

The finished works serve as documents of translation upon translation, passed through numerous filters of Rosales’s own attempts to make sense of his experiences. In the exhibition space amorphous macrame sculptures loom and stretch among the paintings. They are both a three-dimensional incarnation of the language-based content of the paintings and a metaphoric connective tissue directly referencing the black ink scribbles which concealed information from Rosales’s biological history.

Marcos Rosales holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a BFA from University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He has recently exhibited work at Peres Projects, Los Angeles, Angstrom Gallery in Dallas, Steven Wolf Fine Arts in San Francisco and staged performances at The Kitchen and Movement Research @ Judson Church in New York. He has won numerous grants and awards including The DeGolyer Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art and a grant from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.