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Max Sarmiento El Circo 2023 Acrylic and wc on paper 5 x 8 in Courtesy the artist
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento – Sunroom Project Space 2023

When
All Day
Where
Glyndor Gallery
Max Sarmiento El Circo 2023 Acrylic and wc on paper 5 x 8 in Courtesy the artist
Max Benjamin Sarmiento, "El Circo," 2023, acrylic and watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Mixed-media artist Max Benjamin Sarmiento creates dioramas that capture the quotidian. Using three-dimensional painting, sculpture and drawing, he merges scenes of the pastoral, urban, magical and lived experience into tableaux informed by Ecuador, where he was raised, and Queens, NY, where he currently resides. During his residency, he experimented with materials, and scaled up his work to incorporate life-size and interactive dioramas inspired by familial storytelling and Wave Hill’s gardens, architecture and supernatural energy to create Por El Amor al Circo (For the Love of the Circus), a room installation that tells the story of a circus family who encounter problems after the father makes a deal with the devil. Sarmiento is a 2023 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow at Wave Hill.

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Max Benjamin Sarmiento. Exhibition view of "Por El Amor al Circo (For the Love of the Circus)", 2023, in the Sunroom Project Space. Photo: Stefan Hagen.
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento. Exhibition view of "Por El Amor al Circo (For the Love of the Circus)", 2023, in the Sunroom Project Space. Photo: Stefan Hagen.
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento, "El Circo Batalla, El Circo Defiende", 2023, acrylic, clay, found objects, fabric, mosaic tiles, paper, wire and wood. Photo: Stefan Hagen.
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento. Exhibition view of "Por El Amor al Circo (For the Love of the Circus)", 2023, acrylic, clay, fabric, paper, string, wood, wire, performance and video. Photo: Stefan Hagen.
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento. "Por El Amor al Circo (For the Love of the Circus)", 2023, acrylic, clay, fabric, paper, string, wood, wire, performance and video. Photo: Stefan Hagen.
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento, "El Circo es una Familia", 2023, acrylic, clay, fabric, foam, paper, smalti, wire and wood. Photo: Stefan Hagen.
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento, "La Promesa del Diablo Siempre Termina en Sangre", 2023, acrylic, clay, foam, flowerpot, glass, paper, wire and string. Photo: Stefan Hagen.
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Max Benjamin Sarmiento, "La Promesa del Diablo Siempre Termina en Sangre", 2023 (detail), acrylic, clay, foam, flowerpot, glass, paper, wire and string. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Performances (15 min.) Aug 19, Sep 17, Oct 1 at 1, 2, 3 and 4PM
Sat, Sep 30: Meet the Sunroom Artists at 2PM and performances at 1, 2 and 4PM

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    Max Benjamin Sarmiento

    Based in Queens, NY, Sarmiento is a self-taught artist working with 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 picked up many skills that would later translate into his practice. Sarmiento’s work has been exhibited in galleries and spaces throughout New York, including Dinner Gallery, Independent Art Fair, Chashama, SVA Chelsea Gallery and La Bodega Gallery.

    Learn more about the artist at www.srmto.com

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