Artist
Pedro Reyes
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Estatua de Angela Davis
Volcanic rock of enclosure
2016

Disarm (Psaltery IV)
Instrument made with destroyed weapons
40 x 60 x 28 cm
2014

Disarm is the name of the project in which Pedro Reyes gives new life to once deathly weapons confiscated in Mexico. In the artist words: Disarm is a a call to action, since we cannot stop the violence only at the place where the weapons are being used, but also where they are made. There is a disparity between visible and invisible violence. The nearly 80,000 deaths by gun-shot that have occurred in Mexico in the last 6 years, or the school shootings in the US are the visible side of violence. The invisible side is gun trade-shows, neglecting assault rifle bans, the shareholder profit from public companies. This is a large industry of death and suffering for which no cultural rejection is expressed. Guns continue to be depicted as something sexy both in Hollywood and in videogames; there may be actors who won’t smoke on the screen, but there has not been one who would reject the role of a trigger-happy hero.

Disarm
Installation view
Recycled Metal from weapons confiscated in Ciudad Juárez
2012

Disarm is the name of the project in which Pedro Reyes gives new life to once deathly weapons confiscated in Mexico. In the artist words: Disarm is a a call to action, since we cannot stop the violence only at the place where the weapons are being used, but also where they are made. There is a disparity between visible and invisible violence. The nearly 80,000 deaths by gun-shot that have occurred in Mexico in the last 6 years, or the school shootings in the US are the visible side of violence. The invisible side is gun trade-shows, neglecting assault rifle bans, the shareholder profit from public companies. This is a large industry of death and suffering for which no cultural rejection is expressed. Guns continue to be depicted as something sexy both in Hollywood and in videogames; there may be actors who won’t smoke on the screen, but there has not been one who would reject the role of a trigger-happy hero.

How to overcome your fear of painting
Installation view
2012

How to overcome your fear of painting, is a series of 20 pictures that have all been subject to a different operation. I approached painting with my own means calling them ‘flat sculptures’. Literally, the statue has lost one of its dimensions, only to recover its depth in the potential permutations of its bi-dimentional cluster.
An analogy akin to the phrase Luis Cardoza y Aragón used in Pintura contem-poránea de México(1950) to describe art criticism: ‘...the Venus de Milo holding the head of the Victory of Samothrace in her hands’.

El Buana
Rack fabric
123 x 100 cm
2012

How to overcome your fear of painting, is a series of 20 pictures that have all been subject to a different operation. I approached painting with my own means calling them ‘flat sculptures’. Literally, the statue has lost one of its dimensions, only to recover its depth in the potential permutations of its bi-dimentional cluster.
An analogy akin to the phrase Luis Cardoza y Aragón used in Pintura contem-poránea de México(1950) to describe art criticism: ‘...the Venus de Milo holding the head of the Victory of Samothrace in her hands’.

Palas por pistolas
50 shovels made with the metal of 1,527 weapons destroyed by inhabitants of Culiacan, Mexico
Dimensions variable
2008

The shovels are the outcome of a programme launched by the Mexican government – at the instigation of the artist – that consisted of “handing in” illegal weapons so as to stamp them out or at least limit their use. Reyes melted down the metal of 1,527 weapons, which were then used to make shovels for planting trees, with the help of community associations, everywhere the work goes on show.

Palas por pistolas
Detail
50 shovels made with the metal of 1,527 weapons destroyed by inhabitants of Culiacan, Mexico
Dimensions variable
2008

The shovels are the outcome of a programme launched by the Mexican government – at the instigation of the artist – that consisted of “handing in” illegal weapons so as to stamp them out or at least limit their use. Reyes melted down the metal of 1,527 weapons, which were then used to make shovels for planting trees, with the help of community associations, everywhere the work goes on show.

Protester V
Concrete and rod
116.5 x 52 x 45 cm
2017

Sanatorium
Group activity
Instruction piece
2013

SANATORIUM is a transient clinic which provides short, unexpected therapies. The only way to experience this project is to sign up as a patient.
SANATORIUM starts with an interview where you are diagnosed and then appoint-ed to experience at least 3 of 16 available therapies.
SANATORIUM therapies are variations or mash ups of existing schools such as Gestalt psychology, theater warm-up exercises, fluxus events, conflict res-olution techniques, trust-building games, corporate coaching, psychodrama, and hypnosis.
SANATORIUM offers a secular space for psychological processes that can be found in religion or shamanism. When you sign in you sign a release form warning you that this is not real therapy nor real therapist. You decide to believe. Suspension of belief has to maintain, eventually you decide to be-lieve, to tell yourself a story.
SANATORIUM works with each individual's own narratives.
SANATORIUM is a democratization of therapy, a 'psychological first aid'. The sessions are conducted by non-professionals. It taps into the excess capacity that we have to help others.

Los Pájaros
Video
10 min
2016

Pico della Mirandola (recinto de ozumba
Carved stone
160 x 80 x 65 cm
2012

This volcanic stone sculpture has various perforations in which one can insert additional stone carvings of eyes, noses, ears, hair, mouths, and other body parts. the sculpture thus becomes a kind of puzzle that contin-uously changes form depending on the various interactions with the public. This piece, titled Pico della Mirandola, is the beginning of a new series of sculpture portraits.
This work was inspired by a conversation with Antanas Mockus (see p.x); while we talking about the notion of social sculpture we mentioned the Italian Re-naissance philosopher, who articulates the concept of man in the following passage, ‘All creatures are brought into the world completed. except for man who was left unfinished: You will be able to make out of yourself what you will. If you wish to be like the beasts, you will be a beast; if you wish to be like the angels, you will be like an angel. no specific form or function has been assigned to you.’
This volcanic stone was known for it’s use in pre-Columbian times to make idols and pyramids. Because of it’s hardness it’s also used for the making of metates and molcajetes - stone utensils to grind corn which have been in use since 3000 years ago.

Doomocracy
Voting Room
2016

Doomocracy:
1. A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in a tyrant by a terrified general electorate.

2. The esoteric arithmetic that makes the electoral process malleable. 3. A corporate coup d’état in slow motion.

4. Permanent global war waged in the name of freedom.

5. A house of political horrors at the Brooklyn Army Terminal from October 7 to November 6, 2016.

Exchanging political fights for political frights, Creative Time and Pedro Reyes took over the Brooklyn Army Terminal this fall in an exciting collaboration. Doomocracy, a major new immersive installation by Reyes, marked the confluence of two events haunting the American cultural imagination: Halloween and the presidential election.

Bio

Mexico City, Mexico, 1972.
Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.

The work of Pedro Reyes addresses the interplay between physical and social space, making tangible the invisible geometry of our personal relationships.

His expanded notion of sculpture examines the cognitive contradictions of modern life, and the possibility of overcoming our particular crises by increasing our individual and collective degree of agency.

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Exhibitions
Join the DotsSep 19, 2014
RompecabezasApr 16, 2012
babymarxFeb 20, 2010
LABOR, LABOR.Nov 01, 2009
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