Marco Barrera was born in New York City and graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science. He is currently included in the exhibition, When Did Intimacy Begin Width, curated by Torey Thornton, at Jeffery Stark Gallery and he recently was part of the Marlborough Lights exhibition at Marlborough Broome St.
In his first solo exhibition, the artist presents four sculptures, comprising of various elements that he has compressed into single objects. The unifying material is Styrofoam that has been collected locally in the vicinity of the artist’s studio in Flushing Bay, New York. The Styrofoam acts as an armature for embedding objects collected elsewhere. The forms convey abstract relationships to bodies and objects that play with the narrative of memory as it is tied to collection and waste within a local and global sphere. These sculptures are quiet witnesses of transit. The work draws upon ideas of how industrial economy and its fragments can move as bodies. Collective memory exists in the encounter between the object and maker, shifting, as the final iteration becomes a fabrication of unrelated but unified floating things. These works implore subjectivity; that of the inanimate and that of the maker as they exist within their own wandering. The constraints for collecting and the construction of objects is a return to a nomadic process, where objects strayed from their original site and function; a parallel to the artist from his studio.