Pepe Mar, ‘Antidote’, 2016, David Castillo Gallery

About Pepe Mar

Drawing from his passions for clubbing, music, fashion, and shopping, Pepe Mar makes bright, explosive collages and mixed-media sculptures and installations that explore the seduction and excesses of contemporary consumer culture. Like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, both influences, he is interested in the visual and conceptual possibilities of pop cultural references and pasticcio. Thriftstores provide much of the material for his work, along with fashion magazines, packaging of all kinds, and advertisements. In his hands, such detritus becomes humanoid figures resembling indigenous Mexican deities, avant-garde fashionistas, or sci-fi monsters; collages recalling Cubist compositions; and dizzyingly detailed assemblages referencing household shrines, a wunderkammer, or comic book spreads—among many other possibilities. Borne out of the more-is-more ethos driving mass culture, Mar’s additive works animate all of this matter, to thrilling and terrifying effect.

Mexican, b. 1977, Reynosa, Mexico, based in Miami, Florida