Marc Straus

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Moris’ work addresses representation, social and subjective agency, urban issues, and marginal cultures often taken for granted in mainstream society. Moris grew up and continues to live and work in a Cartel-run area outside Mexico City. The issues Moris researches are an intrinsic part of his daily life; the street and social space are his laboratory. Understanding the diverse social codes of the urban underclass and underworld, their strategies for survival, and informal use of aesthetics in order to make daily life more humane and dignified are the driving ethos for his work.

His recent work echos the phenomenology of the migrant, the survival tools in the countries, on the long journey to the USA. Always looking north, Latin Americans whose nationalities are increasingly more linked to the south, compose a great unstoppable caravan transforming each place on the way towards to the US.

Among the issues to be faced are labour, public health and housing. Under the idealization that the north has more resources and better payments, the obtained elements on the momentary residence will never be enough. However, migrants try to obtain the benefits that a government as the US may offer. There is an ongoing tension between the government and the caravan seeking opportunities and resources during their stay or possible permanent residence.

Moris’s work proposes a dialogue with present agents in this equation, but most of all, he hopes to propel these circumstances through our cultural platform to an audience that is often unaware of the underpinnings of these issues. His intention is to open a gap, which leaves us no other way than to cross it, making our shoes dirty. The fact is that we are so overwhelmed that we have to go back to ask the specific and personal questions about the forgotten humanism, the assumed sensibility, the compassion disguised as pity.

His work is part of many important public and private collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, La Colección Jumex, Mexico City, and FEMSA Collection, Monterrey Mexico. Major exhibitions include “Mi casa es tu casa”, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA.; “Un animal pierde la vida porque otro tiene hambre (An animal dies because another is hungry)”, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico and has been a representative at the 9th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba and the 30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil in 2012.

Moris is also represented by Arroníz Contemporary Art Gallery in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Selected Works
2020
Collage on canvas recovered from the street, enamel, boxing gloves, whitetail deer horns, scissors and shark jaws
78.7 x 78.7 inches (200 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pez grande come pez chico (frontera norte)

2020
Collage on canvas recovered from the street, enamel, boxing gloves, whitetail deer horns, scissors and shark jaws
78.7 x 78.7 inches (200 x 200 cm)

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
92.5 x 116 in (234 x 294 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Carne sin huesos

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
92.5 x 116 in (234 x 294 cm)

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
126 x 79 in (320 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
El dueño de todo

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
126 x 79 in (320 x 200 cm)

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
La cocina de los pobres

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm)

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
La cocina de los ricos

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm)

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
90 x 118 in (228 x 299 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
La parábola del buen pastor

2020
Collage, transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media, found objects
90 x 118 in (228 x 299 cm)

2017
Found wood and metal
131.9 x 120.1 x 173.2 in (335 x 305 x 440 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Arquitectura de paso

2017
Found wood and metal
131.9 x 120.1 x 173.2 in (335 x 305 x 440 cm)

Exhibitions
Moris

September 17 - December 12, 2020

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