|Ciudad Encajada (Boxed City). |
acrylic and crayon on cardboard, dimensions variable,
Intervention at Plaza Gerardo Barrios, downtown San Salvador, 2001
|The drawings depicted houses saturated with gang graffiti in Ciudad Delgado, a dangerous area where I worked. |
The boxes were moved during the intervention, reconfiguring the overall shape, reflecting on the city's unstable nature.
Presented at the first Adobe Colectivo exhibit in 2001, then at Todo Incluido, Imágenes Urbanas de Centro América,
curated by Virginia Pérez Ratton and Santiago Olmo, it was featured at the IX Havanna Biennial in Cuba in 2006.
|Whitney Slum Market|
Watercolor and ink on canvas, 60 x 60 cms. 2011
|Lo que construyas para la eternidad también se perderá en el tiempo|
archival marker on paper, 50 x 70 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
|Downtown & The Bronx|
Installation at Bronx River Art Center, New York, found materials, 2009
|Downtown & The Bronx (detail) this tower was inspired by the raised subway structures in the Bronx area in New York, the "rails" go through the wall and into the next exhibition room, where a small bed finalizes the journey|
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, (see: 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 extensively in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including the 55th Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy; the IX Havana Biennial, in Cuba, El Museo del Barrio's "The S-Files" show in 2011and at the Bronx River Art Center in 2008, both in New York City, as well as at the BROT Kunsthalle and Hilger Next (2010 & 2012 respectively) in Vienna, Austria. He currently lives in La Libertad, El Salvador.
|Studio, La Libertad, El Salvador. photo: Walterio Iraheta|
Simón Vega is represented by:
- Galerie Hilger Next, Vienna http://www.hilger.at/832_EN-artists-Detail_artist.htm,Simón,Vega
- De Buck Gallery, New York www.debuckgallery.com
- Lokkus Arte Contemporáneo, Medellín
All photos: Simón Vega, except where noted otherwise