Luisa Strina is pleased to announce the second solo show of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes.
Pedro Reyes manages to blend the realms of utopia and function, individual fantasies and collective aspirations by mastering form within an expanded notion of sculpture. An architect by training, his work is infused with symbolic as well as physical schemes to enhance human communication and creativity. He explores the ways in which a space allows individual moments of liberation or activate the interaction between a group of people in order to release creativity from ordinary limitations.
For his exhibition at Galeria Luisa Strina Reyes will present an unseen series of sculptures in stone, concrete, bronze, and forged iron. Although techniques such as direct carving in stone have virtually disappeared from contemporary practice, it has been Reyes’ interest to reconnect with the long tradition of sculpture across time and geographies.
The Litophones are monolithic blocks of black marble with parallel cuts of different lengths and depths resulting in objects that produce different musical notes when struck. In these works, volumetry is not only a visual presence but an acoustic and participatory one, as they require the intervention of a musician or a participant to be fully activated and experienced.
Spiral Nude explores the reclined figure, a central theme in 20th century sculpture. Henry Moore was particularly interested in the Chac-mool (A pre-Columbian Mesoamerican figure leaning on its elbows, with his head turning sideways and a bowl resting on its lap) to elaborate much of his reclined figures; showing that major transformations in Modern sculpture were inspired in Archaic statuary.