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Obtuse Categorizations: Art by Marco Maggi

A wall collage made from small white stickersAbecedario Venecia (detail), sticker mosaic, archival stickers on museum board

Marco Maggi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and now splits his time between Uruguay and New York. The artist’s works act like obtuse categorizations and utilize mundane and temporal materials including office paper, tinfoil and apples.


An art installation of pencils holding strings against a wallPutin's Pencils (detail), 9 Soviet-era color pencils and bowstrings


I enjoy Maggi’s paper works – they tend toward minimalism and have a somehow peaceful feeling, though upon closer inspection they are actually quite busy. Some of Maggi’s works, particularly the paper ones, remind me of the sort of architectural models one might see in a condominium showroom. There is fine, almost obsessive attention to detail in these, but each also has a businesslike, corporate mood.


The artist takes this aesthetic even further in three-dimensional works that incorporate plexi-glass boxes. Black and white paper, cut in specific but odd designs and folded in a very particular manner, becomes a structure that’s opaque both physically and conceptually – though leaving much open for interpretation. 


An artworks made up of a plexi glass box and paperTurner Box: Complete Coverage on Oiticica (metasquema), side B, cuts on 500 pages, plexiglass

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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