"Crystallized Swimmers" acrylic, permanent marker
"Karen" acrylic, graphite, permanent marker
"AHH In Red" acrylic, permanent marker
There is a very deliberate harkening back to the past in the artwork by Maggie SanFilippo, who goes by Magz Marz. The work by SanFilippo is fueled from figures of glamour and great emotion – and a scrappy determination to insist on themselves and on their own success.
The style that is at work in the current collection calls on a certain understatement that hides in plain sight. Many of the pieces contrast vivid splashes of color with images of composure and self-possession. There is something in the drawn figures that the color points to, but the faces aren’t giving anything away. So the joy that seems to shout itself from the bright and quite direct works in the show becomes at least a little bit complicated. There is something else here too.
Many of the figures in the drawings are wearing sunglasses, holding something back, maintaining a cool secret. That, in a way, is what elegance is – flair that is at the same time somehow restraint. SanFilippo gives us a set of pieces that seem like the result of a meditation on this dance between the said and the unsaid. There is a sense that the stage sees what the actress wants to show but those inevitable off-stage incidents, those episodes in the wings are what stand behind the knowing smile when the actress takes her bow.