City Portraits (Retratos de Ciudad) / Marcos Ramirez ERRE

Presented by MACLA

Marcos Ramírez ERRE will create a series of wood structures that will represent the demographic distribution of ethnic groups in Silicon Valley and the surrounding area. This unique installation in which ERRE will present facts and statistics he has excavated from publicly available data will encourage viewers to reconsider their perceptions and beliefs regarding history, identity, race, culture, community, and belonging.

August 17, 2012 - October 20, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, September 14 at 7:00pm
Artists talk: Saturday, September 15 at 10:00am
Join us for coffee and an inspirational conversation with Marcos Ramirez ERRE
Free Admission

Marcos Ramirez ERRE


Born in Tijuana in 1961, Ramírez ERRE earned a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California before immigrating to the United States, where he worked as a carpenter for 17 years and began to make art. Describing his works simply as “constructions that accommodate ideas,” he frequently employs recognizable formats—traffic signs, eye charts, tourist bureau guideposts—to present unembellished and often unsettling information.
Through his varied oeuvre in mixed-media, interventions, and site-specific installations, ERRE examines ideas of crossing political, social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic borders. Informed by politics and social consciousness, ERRE’s work presents facts and information which encourages the viewer to look at issues from an alternate point of view that challenges ideas and opinions accepted by mainstream society.
He first received critical acclaim for his contributions to inSITE94 and inSITE97, binational exhibitions in San Diego and Tijuana. Since that time, he has exhibited in one-person shows in the United States and Mexico; was represented at the Bienal São Paulo-Valencia: Encuentro entre dos mares in Valencia, Spain, the 2007 Moscow Biennale, and the VII and VI Habana Bienal in Cuba; and showed at the 2000 Whitney Biennial in New York. He has been included in several important group exhibitions, including Made in California at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2002); an exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts (2003); Lateral Thinking: Art of the 1990s (2003); and Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art (2004). He is a recipient of a 2007 United States Artist Fellowship award and grant from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico, and his work is in private collections and museums in the region.