Mark Lombardi (1951–2000) was an artist whose studio practice involved
the obsessive tracking of just such mass corporate and political
malfeasance. Pursuing his stories through various public-domain sources,
Lombardi created exquisitely geometrical, airily complex pencil drawings
that trace the connections and chronologies underlying corporate fiascoes
like the failure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI),
the looting of the Savings and Loan industry, the internecine duplicity of
the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and the Vatican, or the affairs of Bill
Clintons Arkansas cronies the Lippo Group. Blending pop assumptions with
conceptualist technique, and approaching the art/life divide as if it were
a panel of mirrored glass, Lombardi made a practice of updating his
drawings when new facts in a given story came to light. Were he alive now,
he would surely be composing a new version of a small work begun in 1999
called George W. Bush, Harken Energy and Jackson Stephens, c. 1979-90,
5th Version (1999).
Via racoon: notes and scavagings, Relatable: Mark Lombardi Draws Economics
Very cool art. Who thought one could draw economics?
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