Latin American Contemporary Art
Mario Navarro

Works of the Mexican American artist surrounding topics of architecture, modernity and design.

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Mario Navarro is a Mexican American artist based in New York City. Issues of perception, the combination of language and spatial elements, the sculptural properties of language, and matter/materials and their representations are lines of research Navarro has been investigating lately. The relations between architectures and forms, and more specifically, the decomposition of architectural paradigms (balance, symmetry, organization of units and the figure of the architect) are of constant interest and are explored in Navarro's ongoing and never final propositions.

Future Islands, 2016. Insitu intervention: Columns, Thonet Era chairs. Variable dimensions.

In the process of appropriating or interpreting the legacy of modern architecture, Navarro often includes fictional variables where things unlikely to happen are manifested in front of the viewer. Examples of this are images of emblematic buildings years after these where eroded by its surroundings, or hardwood floor planks that levitate for a seemingly unknown reason. His research focuses on specific architects and designers like Le Corbusier, Luis Barragán or Michael Thonet, and how their heritage has been digested in popular culture outside of specialized circles. Hence, Navarro wonders about the effects of assimilation, decay and other forms of consumption.

Exhibition view of group show Reconstrucción, a project by Abraham Cruzvillegas at Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Zapopan, Mexico

He has been a recipient of different residency programs including Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018) and Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico (2020).

Selected exhibitions include “Almost Solid Light”, Kasmin Gallery, New York (2018); “Monumentos, anti-monumentos y nueva escultura pública“, Museo El Chopo, Mexico City (2018); “A Landscape of Events,” SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2017); “Veil/Unveil,” Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico City (2017); "Aesthetical Irregularities," Komagome SOKO, Tokyo, Japan (2016); “ Mi Casa, Tu Casa,” Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York (2016); and “Forms of otherness,” organized by Bard College, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn (2015).

Future Island, 2016Thonet Era chair, concrete115 x 40 cm
Screen Memories, 2018Polyester webbing straps. 800 x 1100 x 1100 cm

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