One of the main goals of Esopus has been to bring together contributors and readers, and Marco Maggi’s artist’s project Drawing Set takes this mission to an unprecedented level: Maggi has provided our readers with the tools—a sheet of adhesive-backed die-cut forms created by the artist—to create their own artwork on the removable blank page provided (depending on the issue you receive, it will be magenta, yellow, or cyan). Maggi asked readers to send their completed artwork to the Esopus office; all artworks we received were included in an exhibition curated by Maggi and Esopus at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library in September 2017.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1957, Marco Maggi lives and works in New Paltz, New York, and Montevideo. His work, which incorporates common materials such as office paper and aluminum foil, has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo. He has participated in the 25th São Paulo Biennial (2002); the Fifth Gwangju Biennial, Korea (2004); and most recently in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), where his macro-installation Global Myopia was installed in the Uruguay National Pavilion. Maggi’s artwork is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; among many others. He is represented by Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York.