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Social and Sensory Experiences: Art by Pedro Reyes

An installation consisting of musical instruments made from decommissioned weaponsDisarm, instruments made from decommissioned weapons

Pedro Reyes is a conceptual artist from Mexico City. Using a wide range of materials and techniques, Reyes creates artworks that both create and comment upon social and sensory experiences.


Reyes’ artworks are often designed to be directly utilized or experienced by participants. For example, the 2013 work Cuerpomaticio takes the form of a box full of strange objects, made from various materials. The items in the box are intended to cause different physical sensations in users, and viewers of the artwork are invited to use them on themselves and other willing viewers. The result is a work which exists both as a physical object and as an experience that is unique to each viewer.


A sculpture made from many strange objects contained in a boxCuerpomatico, various materials

The artist also creates works that are in themselves static objects, but comment on interpersonal or experiential issues, such as in Colloquium. In this work, structures made from interlocking forms in the shape of comic speech bubbles serve to represent what gets lost in translation, misunderstood or unsaid in every conversation. 


A sculpture made from the overlapping forms of speech bubblesColloquium, marble

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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