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Mark Engel
b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lives and works in New York, NY.

Mark Engel’s artworks deal with abstraction vs. representation, seduction and repulsion, contemporary art practices, history, and humor. He develops abstract imagery based on stock photography, found images, and scanned objects. For this piece, he printed and divided one of his computer-generated images into 64 parts. He sent 32 of those pieces to his artist friends in Brazil to intervene as they desired, using paint, collage, cutting, sewing, or any other method they could think of.

Friendship in the Time of Covid; A Piece of Me, 2021

Mixed media over digital printing on photographic paper.

The artists mailed the parts back to New York to be re-assembled on the presented checkerboard pattern. Mark used to travel back to his native Brazil about twice a year before the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has been almost two years that he hasn’t seen his friends there. This project was, for him, a way of keeping the connection with his artist friends alive. Each artist also received a duplicate of the image they intervened as a gift, thus keeping “a piece of me.”

Participating artists:

Alexandre Dacosta
Alexandre Murucci
Alexandre Sá
Ana Durães
Ana Luiza Rego
Antonio Bokel
Daniel Feingold
David Cury
Eduardo Mariz
Enéas Valle
Fernanda Junqueira
Fernando Leite
Gilda Santiago
Jaques Faing
Laura Bonfá Burnier
Lea Soibelman
Ligia Teixeira
Lucília de Assis
Luiz Badia
Marilou Winograd
Mario Camargo
Monica Mansur
Myriam Glatt
Neno Del Castillo
Osvaldo Carvalho
Osvaldo Luiz Gaia
Pedro Paulo Domingues
Petrillo
Roberto Tavares
Ronaldo Rêgo Macedo
Walter Goldfarb
Yolanda Freyre

02: Petrillo
04: Gilda Santiago
06: Myriam Glatt
08: Eduardo Mariz
10: Laura Burnier
12: Neno Del Castillo
14: Fernando Leite
16: Yolanda Freyre
18: Monica Mansur
20: Lea Soibelman
22: Luiz Badia
24: David Cury
26: Daniel Feingold
28: Pedro Paulo Domingues
30: Marilou Winograd
32: Ana Luiza Rego
34: Alexandre Murucci
36: Antonio Bokel
38: Jaques Faing
40: Osvaldo Carvalho
42: Enéas Valle
44: Mario Camargo
46: Fernanda Junqueira
48: Alexandre Dacosta
50: Lucilia de Assis
52: Walter Goldfarb
54: Osvaldo Luiz Gaia56: Roberto Tavares
58: Ronaldo Rêgo Macedo
60: Ana Durães
62: Alexandre Sá
64: Ligia Teixeira

02: Petrillo
04: Gilda Santiago
06: Myriam Glatt
08: Eduardo Mariz
10: Laura Burnier
12: Neno Del Castillo
14: Fernando Leite
16: Yolanda Freyre
18: Monica Mansur
20: Lea Soibelman
22: Luiz Badia
24: David Cury
26: Daniel Feingold
28: Pedro Paulo Domingues
30: Marilou Winograd
32: Ana Luiza Rego
34: Alexandre Murucci
36: Antonio Bokel
38: Jaques Faing
40: Osvaldo Carvalho
42: Enéas Valle
44: Mario Camargo
46: Fernanda Junqueira
48: Alexandre Dacosta
50: Lucilia de Assis
52: Walter Goldfarb
54: Osvaldo Luiz Gaia
56: Roberto Tavares
58: Ronaldo Rêgo Macedo
60: Ana Durães
62: Alexandre Sá
64: Ligia Teixeira