Mark Lombardi’s artwork is akin to hand-drawn renderings of elaborate constellations. Trading the celestial for the most baleful of the earthly, his arching, delicate pencil lines chart the network of global financial misdeeds. His prominent stars? The Reagan-era War on Drugs, The Savings and Loan Crisis, the Bush Family’s monetary ties to terrorism and the Iran-Contra scandal. His art is an atlas to the oligarchy’s financial interconnectedness. At times disparaged solely as “conspiracy art,” Lombardi’s work was meticulously/compulsively drawn from an array of mainstream media outlets, such as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Culled from information readily available, he manifests the imperceptible macro web of big money into the tangible, the traceable. His works are apart of the permanent collections of both the Modern Museum of Art and The Whitney.
Part sleuth, part analyst, part town crier, the Brooklyn-based artist’s all-too-short life is the ripe subject of Mareike Wegener’s new documentary, Mark Lombardi: Death-Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy. The film offers insight via interviews with his parents and fellow artists interspersed with the framing of his work by relevant news footage. Art historian, Robert Hobbs, an ardent support of the artist’s work, also presents observations and commentary. Wegener’s documentary aims to remove the shroud of mystery that cloaks the Neo-Conceptualist’s art, life and his truly untimely death, by suicide.
Mark Lombardi: Death-Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy runs for a week, from September 13th until September 18th, 2012 at the MoMA.