Backyard Ghost x REGULARNORMAL

Max Benjamin Sarmiento

Late Nights. Early Mornings.

June 25th - July 23rd, 2021

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C'est la Dernière Année Que Je Suis en Galère

Oil Pastel, spray paint, marker and foam on cardboard

26 x 20 inches
2021

Curator's Note

We are pleased to collaborate with Backyard Ghost for this new solo and our first online exhibit titled “LATE NIGHTS. EARLY MORNINGS.” presenting works by Ecuadorian-New Yorker multi-disciplinary artist, Max Sarmiento.

 

In Sarmiento’s current practice which is heavily influenced by Magical Realism, you'll find a broad range of themes from family relationships (broken and repaired ones), romantic love, despairs & hopes, dreams & nightmares, travel, internal struggles, hobbies, sports and personal victories presented in vibrant colors with playful tones giving the spectator a certain feeling of joy and playfulness without shying away from its raw reality.

 

Utilizing oil pastel as his ubiquitous tool of creation and combining it with elements such as collage, colored pencils, spray paint, marker, foam, cardboard, and paper the artist connects with his South American and Queens (NY) origins while navigating the duality of not only his own story but also many others in this country. 

 

As a former student of architecture, Max became skilled at model making and has been delving into sculptures as part of his practice. The frames that accompany Sarmiento’s drawings display a distinguished and unique approach to craftsmanship that elevates his works to a different level. His attention to detail and keen eye set this young man apart from the rest.

 

The title of this exhibit, “Late Nights. Early Mornings.” hails from the artist's preference of going into his studio late at night and working until the wee hours of the next morning. He explains “this is the time that I feel most comfortable at the studio since there’s not much noise in the streets and the distractions are minimal. It’s me, the materials, my music, and nothing else.”

 

All the works were created between 2020 and 2021.

- Danny Báez, RegularNormal

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Don’t Go Beyond the Gate
Oil Pastel, marker and collage on Paper

24 x 18 inches
2021

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Mama
Oil Pastel on Paper

18 x 24 inches
2020

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Terraza 7
Oil Pastel on Paper

18 x 24 inches
2020

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Toro de Mi Pueblo
Oil Pastel, collage, colored pencil, marker, and spray paint on Paper
24 x 18 inches
2021

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Daedalus and His Son

Oil Pastel on Paper

24” x 18”
2020

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Futbolito Cuencanito
Oil Pastel, collage, colored pencil, marker, and spray paint on Paper
24 x 18 inches
2021

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Viejito
Oil Pastel on Paper

18 x 24 inches
2020

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Perdón Abuelita Doesn’t Speak English

Oil Pastel on Paper
24 x 18 inches
2020

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Isa y Yo
Oil Pastel, acrylic, marker, and spray paint on Paper

18 x 24 inches
2021

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(Detail) Isa y Yo

3d works

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Untitled

Acrylic, collage, fabric, marker, wire and string

16 x 12 inches
2021

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Nunca Nos Enseñaron Cómo Luchar Contra las Pesadillas
Oil Pastel on Paper Set In Wood and Clay Frame

36” x 36”

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Ithaca
Oil Pastel on Paper Set In Wood and Clay Frame

32 x 24 inches

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Max Benjamin Sarmiento

Max Benjamin Sarmiento is a mixed-media artist based in Queens, New York. Using paintings, sculptures and drawings he shares intimate moments of his dual Ecuadorian and American upbringing.
Self-taught, his work includes a variety of materials such as fabric, foam, glass, paper, paint, and wood.
Before becoming an artist, he pursued a career in architecture where he’d pick up many skills that would later translate into his practice. His works have been shown in exhibitions throughout New York and are in private collections around the world.

 

** Image courtesy by Isabella Grullón Paz

** All inquries to annettehur@gmail.com