Artist Talk: Miguel A. Aragón

Thursday, June 25th  |  5:00 - 6:00pm EST

Miguel A. Aragón is a New-York-City based artist whose primary technique is printmaking. His work explores memory, perception, and loss in relation to the mass murders that attend the ongoing drug wars of Mexico, where he was born.  Aragón will speak about his work over the past decade, which covers various themes related to this ongoing project. Working in a sophisticated array of media and techniques on paper, from physical alteration of photocopies to wood burned-embossing, puncturing, and chemical alteration, Aragón’s process ties directly to his concept and subject matter.  He alters and distorts enlarged photographs of victims using forceful reductive processes that evoke loss and pain.  Aragón’s charred, poked, drilled, and erased images directly correlate to the damage this ongoing state of violence that has burned into the collective memory of the people of Mexico.

MGC is pleased to co-host this event with The Print Center, Philadelphia, where Aragón's work was recently featured in "Miguel A. Aragón: Indices of Silence/Índices del silencio," January 17 - March 13, 2020.

Aragón studied at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the CUNY College of Staten Island. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally through solo and group exhibitions, and has received numerous awards, prizes, and residencies. His work has also been included in several contemporary surveys of printmaking and is included in various private and public collections, such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago among others.

Above: Miguel A. Aragón, Retrato No. 22 (Portrait No. 22), 2016, from the ongoing series Retratos de pérdida por el Narcotráfico (Portraits of Loss Due to Drug Trafficking). Hand-drilled paper with layered Xerox, 60 x 38 inches. © Miguel A. Aragón 2016. 

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