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Magnan Metz Gallery is pleased to present Ivan Puig’s New Yo rk solo debut. Not A Car will be on display from January 24th through March 9th with an artist reception on Wednesday\, J anuary 23rd from 6-8pm. 

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In 2010\, Ivan Puig embarked on an exploratory journey across his native Mexico in the SEFT-1 probe – an a rtist-designed\, custom-built vehicle (it’s skeleton an old Ford F-150)\, e quipped to move on both land and rail. The SEFT\, an acronym for Sonda de E xploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe\, is a trans-disciplinary project by Puig and his brother\, Andrés Padilla Domene . The two set off from the National Museum of Art in Mexico City to begin t heir investigation of abandoned railways throughout Mexico and Ecuador\, co llecting evidence of their travels through photo\, video and audio.  Puig a nd Padilla Domene recorded contemporary landscapes\, infrastructure and det ails of the everyday life of inhabitants to create a futuristic exploration of the countries’ pasts. Their progress has been consistently updated on t he project’s website\, www.seft1.com\, where the public can follow the traj ectory of the vehicle\, view images of artifacts collected and listen to in terviews with those they have met along the way.

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Dominating the mai n gallery space is the SEFT-1 probe itself\, accompanied by vivid photos do cumenting the stunning\, almost otherworldly\, scenery surveyed by Puig and Padilla Domene. Prior to its inclusion into the gallery\, the vehicle made a monumental trip from the US/Mexico border to the city of Albuquerque\, N ew Mexico where it was exhibited at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Histo ry. Following this New York debut\, Puig will bring the SEFT-1 project to L ondon where he will explore the world’s very first public railway system.\n

Puig has described his interest in the sensory experience of reality as an aesthetic event. He seeks to create relationships and stories with p eople across both rural and urban regions\, hoping to create a greater unde rstanding of social conformity. “The [SEFT-1] project\,” says the artist\, “creates scenes in which progress has left a clear mark and compares it to its current status in the hopes that the discrepancy will cause people to q uestion it.” Originated on the platform of art\, this project also intersec ts with topics of technology\, history\, anthropology\, politics\, human ge ography\, education\, and environmental science.

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Beyond the SEFT-1 installation\, in the rear of the gallery\, Puig displays Hasta las Nari ces (Up to the Nose). Created in 2004 at the Haus Der Kunst Gallery in Guadalajara\, the fictional white Volkswagen Beetle appears to be almost en tirely engulfed by milk-white quicksand. The metaphorical illusion refers t o the collective frustration of Mexico four years after Vicente Fox had bee n elected as president. With just water\, pigment\, glass and PVC\, Puig cr eates a striking and amusing piece of political commentary.  

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Ivan Puig (b. 1977\, Guadalajara\, MX) has exhibited internationally in Mexico\, Germany\, Canada\, Brazil and the United States. He is the recipient of a number of awards and residencies including the BBVA Bancomer Foundation Gra nt for the SEFT-1 project (2010-2011) and the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (CIFO) Grant in 2010. Puig\, a member of the collective TRiodO (with Marce la Armas and Gilberto Esparza)\, lives and works in Mexico City.

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Fo r more information or images\, please contact the gallery at info@magnanmez.com or 212 244 2344 . 

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