Extensa: Pedro Tyler’s Work
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Extensa: Pedro Tyler’s Work

Rose Mary Salum

We recently had the opportunity to talk to Pedro Tyler regarding his solo exhibition at Sicardi Gallery

In a statement made by the artist, he shared his ideas about aesthetics and beauty.

“I believe that the beauty of an artwork is connected to the way we get to know it. A  knowledge that comes along with a pleasing sensation related to understanding. Comprehending and enjoying how its components interact between each other and their mechanisms of sustentation. This can be seen in my works when stacking coins, interlacing rulers or giving mobility to something that seems motionless.

I relate beauty to the subtlety of instability. Those moments in which you understand or feel consciously that you are alive, that something overflows and is lost at every instant. I like the static at the moment it waits, like the calm before the storm, because it foretells it. The amazing moment before jumping or not to the void because of heights vertigo and its fall. Depths stillness where silence will listen to my body, or, on the other side, heights, for making me believe I am outside things and there is no center in them. Reflections, because of the question my eyes return. It delights me to know there is always something I can´t understand. Candlelight for not being steady, making shadows bigger and in obscurity, space more dense.

I like altering things because I know they are not definitive and by doing so, apprehend them in a different way. The photo that shows the camera that took it, because it´s the perfect symmetry that I can´t achieve before a mirror. Cages, because they are spaces which are difficult to penetrate and from where you might not want to get out. I like art, that when I leave it, I feel like I`m loosing something. Feeling the wind, the sun, the cold and the pain of a wound because they make me believe I am in a place. Glass and transparencies because they cut through space, whereas everything else occupies it, and what occupies it because it completes it. For the same reasons I like to think, for the moments in which I believe I learn and move forward, but more than anything, I like to think because I believe I don´t understand.

In this search for understanding , is that I use everyday objects as material for my works, so as, by taking them out of context, appreciate them in another way.

By putting water inside it, or chiseling its glass, a light bulb becomes, to me, a metaphor about the fragility of the body. How, thanks to that border that is our skin, we develop all our feelings and thoughts.

With measuring tapes, wooden or steel rules, you can measure something linear as the body, but you can´t measure, for example, feelings inside that body. Measuring what can´t be measured. The measure of pain related to a close death, started a body of work that developed from a personal concern; how to analyze and reason about feelings.

Although the artwork started being self-refering, I have come to know that the intimacy of this subject is universal. Each person interprets this experiences and concerns from his or hers perspective. And is from this perspective, unique and personal, that I hope they will relate to my artwork. “


Posted: April 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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