|Ciudad Encajada (Boxed city). |
drawings and paint on cardboard, dimensions variable,
Intervention at Plaza Gerardo Barrios, downtown San Salvador, 2001
|Drawings related to real gang graffittis the artist documented on Ciudad Delgado, a dangerous area where he worked.|
The boxes were moved around during the installation, reconfiguring the overall shape, reflecting on the city's unstable nature.
This work was presented at Todo Incluido, Imágenes Urbanas de Centro América, curated by Virginia Pérez Ratton and Santiago Olmo.
Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain and Museum de Arte y Diseño de Costa Rica, San José (2003) as well as at the
IX Havanna Biennial in Cuba in 2006.
|Lo que construyas para la eternidad también se perderá en el tiempo|
archival marker on paper, 50 x 70 cms. 2014
|Whitney Slum Market|
Watercolor and ink on canvas, 60 x 60 cms. 2011
watercolor and colored pencil on canvas, 60 x 60 cms. 2011
Arquitecturas Híbridas y Construcciones Mentales (series), 23 x 29 cms, each. acrilyc marker on paper. 2013
| Temporary Map of Central America|
archival marker on paper, 60 x 120 cms. 2014
|Tropical Cargo Building (foreground)|
wood, plastic, light, found materials, 250 x 160 x 160 cms. 2012
wood, plastic. wall installation at Marte Museum, San Salvador, 2010
wood plastic, studio wall installation at Legal Art Residency, Miami, Florida. 2012
|Downtown & The Bronx|
installation at Bronx River Art Center, New York, found materials, 2009
|Downtown & The Bronx (detail) tower were inspired in the raised subway structures in the Bronx area|
|Downtown & the Bronx (detail) rail lines ended in the second room at BRAC|
|Studio, La Libertad, El Salvador. photo: Walterio Iraheta|
Simón Vega creates drawings, ephemeral sculptures and installations inspired in the informal, self made architecture and vendor carts found in the streets and marginal zones of El Salvador and Central America. These works, assembled with wood, cardboard, plastic and found materials often parody famous Modernist and mythological buildings and cities, surveillance systems as well as high-tech robots and satellites developed by NASA and the Soviet Space Program during the Cold War, (www.simon-vega.blogspot.com) creating an ironic and humorous fusion between first and third world, while commenting on the effects of that conflict in today’s Central America.
Born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1972, Simon Vega graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Veracruz in Mexico in 2000 and received a Master´s degree 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, the IX Havana Biennial, in Cuba, the Museo del Barrio's "The S-Files" show in New York in 2011and at the Bronx River Art Center in 2008, both in New York City, as well as at the Hilger BROT Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria (2010 & 2012). He currently lives in La Libertad, El Salvador.