Marek Wolfryd at Aparador LA / Los Angeles

 Marek Wolfryd / Mercancía de Pacotilla 
 
June 29 – July 30, 2023
 
Aparador LA 
688 S Santa Fe Ave #203
Los Angeles, CA, 90021
 
 
 
 
Photography by Evan Walsh


(Los
Angeles) Aparador
LA and
Aldo
Chaparro Studios are
proud to present Mercancía
de Pacotilla,
the
first U.S. solo exhibition for Mexico City-born
visual artist Marek
Wolfryd.
The exhibition surveys the dominant models of artistic expression seen in late-stage
capitalism and the
circulation of images, merchandise, and intellectual property deeply rooted in
Western thought. Continuing
his research into the dynamic interplay between
the Far East and the West, the artist relates
early modern-era
trade routes connecting Asia, America, and Europe, specifically the Manila Gilleon,
The Road to China, and The Fleet of the West Indies, with contemporary visual
culture that mirrors
post-capitalist
global markets of fabrication and consumption.

 

The
transformative period of global trade throughout the 16th and 19th centuries is
what Wolfryd and several
historians recognize as the initiation of the Modern Age, positioning the
birthplace of globalization
as present-day
Mexico City. Informed by this intense commercial relationship between New
Spain (present-day
Mexico) and Zhonggou (present-day
China), all the featured works in the exhibition
are either totally or partially produced in China and
later shipped and assembled in Mexico.

 

The
exhibition’s title, Mercancía
de Pacotilla,
references the historical term used for early modern merchandise
that high-ranking
sailors and captains traveling were permitted to bring on board for personal
investment
or payment. These goods often evaded taxes and inspections, facilitating the illicit
contraband of various commodities across oceans and continents.

 

Now arrived
in Los Angeles, the exhibited works become artifacts that unveil the intricate
web of pre-existing
and active globalization networks. They shed light on the profound impact of
these networks on
Western culture, revealing the assimilation of America into the tapestry of
Western ideology that started
at the beginning of the Modern Era.

 

Marek
Wolfryd
(b. 1989, Mexico City) is
a multidisciplinary artist that explores the intersection of artistic
and economic narratives in the context of culture, history, and society.
Through a wide range of
media, such as process
art, ready-mades,
sculpture, installations, video, and performance, Wolfryd reviews
cultural movements and their aesthetic discourses, generally delving into micro-historical
phenomena
surrounding these great chronicles.
Through long-term
research
projects, Wolfryd builds a conceptual framework that exposes the complexity
of certain narratives that exist both within and outside the spheres of
symbolic influence of
the Western world. His works reflect and explore the means of mass production,
consumer
culture, copyright,
authorship, and the mechanisms of art creation and distribution.