Working with images appropriated from magazines, newspapers, and advertisements, which he crops, combines, and blocks out, Ramon Vega creates surreal-seeming collages, sculptures, and mixed-media installations through which he re-mixes and re-presents the messages of mass media culture. “I usually go to the New York Public Library, through their picture collection,” he explains. “I never really use Google Image Search, or AP Graphics. I find that going back and kind of physically looking through the archives and finding images is really important to my craft.” Images relating to politics, fashion, celebrity, sports, and the art world figure prominently in his small- to large-scale works. After heavy manipulations—like splicing together repeating images of gymnasts into physically impossible, grotesque positions—Vega often photographs his compositions, transforming them into seamless prints that reveal the destructiveness underlying so much of the media we consume.