Despair Beyond Despair
Marco Rios produces theatrical installations and humorous performances that expose a preoccupation with kitsch, paranoia, death, delirium, mania, mystery and the unconscious. His ongoing preoccupation with flesh, gore, and his own body has been manifested in ongoing stainless steel-cast steak fillets and also in his project for the 2008 California Biennial in which he created a minimal site-specific room with the ceiling lowered to match his height. For his project at LA><ART, Rios will continue his investigation of corporality and death, while also inquiring into the representation of artists and art in popular culture. Using Dario Argento’s 1970 film The Bird With The Crystal Plumage as a point of departure, Rios will respond to the metaphorical and literal notions of dying inside the gallery space. For this project, Rios will re-stage a scene from Argento’s film where an American writer witnesses a murder inside a gallery space and while attempting to assist the suffering victim, is trapped in the gallery’s foyer only to watch the victim bleed to death while he waits for the police. Rios will shoot a new 16mm film of this scene where he will play the murderer, the victim, the witness, and the police detective, hoping to embody all perspectives of these characters himself as he deconstructs the literal and metaphorical layers of this gruesome event.
Marco Rios received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2006 and his BFA from Otis College or Art and Design in Los Angeles in 1997. Recent exhibitions include Mad Amour, a joint exhibition with Kara Tanaka, at Simon Preston Gallery, New York (2008), Phantom Sightings, a group exhibition at LACMA (2008), and the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach.