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Leo Marz, Las batallas del display, 2017. Acrylic on canvas,variable dimensions. Photo by Sergio López. Courtesy of El cuarto de máquinas.

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Exhibition view (from bottom to top): Three works by Tahanny Lee Betancourt titled Los que se quedan 1, 2 & 3 (2017); intervention Las batallas del display by Leo Marz (2017). Photo by Sergio López. Courtesy of El cuarto de máquinas.

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Francisco Larios, Zeno en Tajikistán, 2013. Acrylic and varnish on fabric, 200 x 180 cm. Photo by Sergio López. Courtesy of El cuarto de máquinas.

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Exhibition view (from left to right): Wall intervention Las batallas del display (2017) by Leo Marz; from the series #cc (2017) by Leo Marz; Los que se quedan (2017) by Tahanny Lee Betancourt; Zeno en Tajikistán (2013) by Francisco Larios; and 16 pinturas traducidas al español (2017) by Marco Treviño. Photo by Sergio López. Courtesy of El cuarto de máquinas.

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Tahanny Lee Betancourt, Los que se quedan, 2017. Charcoal and polymeric varnish on paper, 12 drawings, 28 x 37 cm each. Photo by Sergio López. Courtesy of El cuarto de máquinas.

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Exhibition view (from left to right): Wall intervention Las batallas del display (2017) by Leo Marz; canvas series Las batallas del display (2017) by Leo Marz; Los que se quedan (2017) by Tahanny Lee Betancourt. Photo by Sergio López. Courtesy of El cuarto de máquinas.

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Leo Marz, from series #cc, 2017. Laser painting and acrylic on canvas, 26 x 20 cm. Photo by Sergio López. Courtesy of El cuarto de máquinas.

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A New Wave of Silence at Cuarto de Máquinas

Curated by the young and promising Esteban King Álvarez, “La nueva onda del silencio” (“The new wave of silence”), recently on view in Mexico City at Cuarto de Máquinas (June 3—July 15), brought together the work of five artists from Monterrey: Yolanda Ceballos, Francisco Larios, Tahanny Lee, Leo Marz, and Marco Treviño. The exhibition explored moving-image, visual sound, and image construction in the contemporary world through varied media and approaches.

In still imagery, artists are able to represent movement and involve in some way the cadence and waves of sound. Their works interact in surprising and visually pleasant ways. The result is a group show of conversations and  collaborations that tackle the historical attempt to visually represent sound.

Highlights include Marz’s series of computer screenshots pasted directly on the wall, providing a colorful geometrical skeleton that frame the artworks and the space. Treviño’s 16 pinturas traducidas al español (2017) is particularly striking in its subtlety, as the artist creates seemingly silent pieces that are actually quite loud in meaning through the emotional and financial value of the gold they are held up by, and the hidden poems written behind them.

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