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  • Pepe Mar, Grey Matter, 2021, acrylic on printed fabric, 90 × 60".

    Pepe Mar, Grey Matter, 2021, acrylic on printed fabric, 90 × 60".

    Pepe Mar

    David Castillo Gallery

    There’s a lot going on, materially and conceptually, in Pepe Mar’s large-scale constructions, which brim with a dazzling array of objects and imagery. The kaleidoscopic impact of the works in “You Never Should Have Crossed the Rio Grande,” his exhibition here, could have caused a momentary loss of bearings—but that may have been the intended effect. Mar was born in 1977 in Mexico’s Reynosa, which borders Texas, and moved to the United States during the 1990s; he currently resides in Miami. His journey, explored through assimilation, foreignness, and selfhood, undergirded the show. Mar also mused

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