Baik Art presents Migraine Cabin, a solo exhibition of three-dimensional work by Los Angeles based artist Marco Rios whose artwork points to the artist as a prisoner of the mind.
The exhibition will consist of an installation that fills the gallery space with a continuous 10-foot high wall surrounding a solitary enclosure. Along with several smaller objects that will also be presented, the enclosure, which replicates an accurate jail cell, personalizes the artistʼs perceptual complexity and anxiety-riddled impulses toward events in daily life. The installation serves as a springboard for Riosʼ ongoing commentary on being a twenty-first century artist imprisoned by anxiety and vulnerability.
One day, Marco Rios was driving while responding to a text by using the voice memo application on his cellphone. He spoke into the phone saying, “My brain can’t…” something or other. When he looked down to proof read his text, he saw that the phone had auto-corrected his message from “My brain can’t…” into “Migraine Cabin.” Oddly, the interpretation included the capitalizations, thus, inspiring Rios to use Migraine Cabin as his title for this exhibition. By starting with the title first, a title born out of a mistake, the artist worked to fill in the missing artwork for this show and in the process discovered an entire, previously absent, installation. This is the first time he worked in this way— backwards—using inductive rather than deductive analysis.
For Rios, Migraine Cabin felt like a specific place. But what sort of place was it? Operating like a production designer, he started to imagine what it might look like. Visually and psychologically, it became a purgatory between the mansion in Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers and the extradimensional Red Room in Twin Peaks. In Bergman’s screenplay, crimson represents the interior of the soul, a moist membrane in shades of red and suggests that it is also an allegory for the interior of the womb. Rios determined that this place, Migraine Cabin, is a creative prison space of the mind filled with anxiety and melancholy, not unlike the headspace and memory cargo of Patrick McGoohanʼs character in the British sci-fi television series The Prisoner which was first broadcast in the United Kingdom and the United States in the late 1960s.
Walking down into the installation, a viewer encounters an environment with objects that reference popular prison mythology, specifically the prison escape found in respected Hollywood movies. The dimensions of a freestanding enclosure inside the gallery space are based on a standardized solitary prison cell that one might find in a jailhouse or penitentiary. The slit windows, resembling the murder holes of a castle, implanted in the red relief walls are similarly based on contemporary correctional facility accouterments. There are the mask and vent suggested by an actual Alcatraz escape, which generate memories of the film adaptation Escape from Alcatraz. Objects made from soap, a common motif linked with life in lockup, bring John Dillinger to mind. He allegedly carved a gun from a bar of soap and coated it with shoe polish to help him escape from prison.
• Marco Rios' CV – 103kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
Metropolitan Newsclips Service (Dec 12, 2014)
"Night Bird" – 374kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
The New York Times (Nov 6, 2014)
"Marco Rios: ' "S" Is for Sincere, Formerly Formally "F" Is for Fake ' " – 95kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
ArtNet (Oct 14, 2014)
"Marco Rios Corrupts A Five-Year-Old" – 65kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
Los Angeles Times (Sep 8, 2014)
"Object lessons at Torrance Art Museum's Another Thing Coming" – 234kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
Exhibitions (Jul, 2014)
"The Fifth Wall: Tom Friedman, Evan Holloway, Farrah Karapetian, Alice Könitz, Marco Rios, Corinna Schnitt, Artur mijewski" – 77kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
Blouin ArtInfo (Jan 18, 2013)
"One-Line Reviews: Pithy Takes on Paul Laffoley, Marco Rios, Meg Webster and More" – 152kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
The L Magazine (Mar 30, 2010)
"Marco Rios is a Tough Nut to Crack" – 61kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
ARThood (Mar 22, 2010)
"Diving into the Plasma Pool" – 66kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
ArtReview (Mar, 2009)
"Marco Rios by Lauri Firstenberg" – 1.1MB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open