Mario Mankey is a Spanish artist now living in Berlin who is challenging himself to study and learn from artists and culture to find his own distinctive voice. Combining elements of comics, animation, primitivism, deconstructed graffiti, abstraction, Miro, Picasso, and Basquiat, the energy powering his assembled exploration is a professed desire to learn from and to talk to an audience.
In his new monumental installation, giant legs tear through the ceiling. Titled ‘Ego Erectus’, the sculpture takes the form of two enormous feet stomping through the roof of the Haus exhibition venue in Berlin. Standing in the middle of the room, the limbs engage with the architecture of the site, with pieces of the ceiling scattered across the floor.
Part of us thinks that Valencia, Spain’s Escif is old-school. He is showing up at the right party (Pictures on Walls, Montana Gallery Barcelona, Art Basel Miami 2010), but his spirit is definitely of philosophical connections and scenarios. Sure, he could have showed up at Basel and painted his signature characters on walls and blown everyone away with his simple poetic nature, but instead he went big bold letters and reminded all the artists and attendees what Basel is really “all about.” We applaud the piece, and it was one of our favorite things of note at Basel.
As we announced earlier this week, Escif and San will be in our FIFTY24SF Gallery this Summer (June-July 2011 to be exact), and we look forward to seeing Escif’s work in person and the evolution of his extremely productive 2010.