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HISTORIA DE ARENA - Exhibitions - GALERÍA RGR

Two axes compose the exhibition: the impermanence of the monumental and the permanence of the ephemeral. Mesa infinita (2020) represents the first axis: the transformation of the castle suggests that the views of history represented by monuments are also subject to profound changes with the passing of time. Their importance is clear when we consider how Mexico has built and rebuilt its own past. Throughout centuries, the figure of the pre-Hispanic has set the pattern for the origin of what is Mexican; where, in the 19th century, the indigenous was seen as a classical past and a present to be overcome through modernization, in the 20th it was redefined as a tragic past in need of recovery before Spanish legacy, though yet subjected to a modernizing discourse.

The canon of national narratives, which is known among historians as the “history of bronze”, makes of monumental representations the leading current of the country’s history. In it, what is Mexican is conceived as a monolithic identity in which the indigenous constitues a distant, petrified past, ignoring the contemporaneity and diversity of the communities living in the country. The installation that makes up the second axis of the exhibition alludes to the history upon which Mexico’s everyday life is built, and that the history of bronze pretends to immobilize, excluding the continuities between past and present that turn all those great national events into a sand castle. Traditions and daily practices will continue evolving beyond our days, and the works shown, closer to the earth than all those monuments that pretend to reach the skies, awaken emotions and thoughts that seek not to praise the nation, but show its concrete existence.

Through reuse and recycling, Diego Pérez’s artistic practice resignifies everyday objects whose relationships with history are complex, reminding us that they change constantly. In other words, this history of sand is an aesthetic approach to the problem of how the nation creates its own narrative in objects and images. Pérez helps us remember that not everything is sacred, that what unites us are not so much the monumental silhouettes of the history of bronze but its discarded fragments of everyday life, the small and profound narratives we have in common and whose destiny is change. After all, when we grasp a handful of sand and let it go, there always remain subtle traces upon our skins.

Selected Works

Prócer anónimo, 2015

Diego Pérez

Prócer anónimo, 2015

Carved concrete

43h x 24w x 20d cm

16 118/127h x 9 57/127w x 7 111/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

El perro y la serpiente, 2020

Volcanic stone

40h x 40w x 40d cm

15 95/127h x 15 95/127w x 15 95/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Muro sin nombre, 2020

Carved construction bricks

Variable dimensions
460 construction bricks
21 carved construction bricks

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedras sin título, 2015

Carved stone

Variable dimensions
10 elements

Unique

Diego Pérez

El Perro del Vasco, 2018

Carved lava stone

124h x 56w x 55d cm

48 104/127h x 22 5/106w x 21 83/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

La casa del cantero, 2020

Carved lava stone

32h x 36w x 36d cm

12 73/122h x 14 22/127w x 14 22/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Silla del cánido colmilludo, 2020

Volcanic stone

70h x 67w x 40d cm

27 19/34h x 26 17/45w x 15 95/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

El palacio con dos escaleras, 2018

Carved marble on wood base

114h x 100w x 30d cm

44 97/110h x 39 10/27w x 11 73/90d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Mesa infinita 1, 2020

Sand on basalt base

Base Dimensions:100 x 150 cm
39 10/27h x 59 1/18w in
Variable dimensions

Unique

Diego Pérez

Mesa infinita 2, 2020

Sand on travertine base

Base Dimensions:75 x 57 cm
29 19/36h x 22 41/93w in
Variable dimensions

Unique

Diego Pérez

Mesa infinita 3, 2020

Sand on travertine base

Base Dimensions: 67 x 57 cm
26 17/45h x 22 41/93w in
Variable dimensions

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra abnea IV, 2016

Basalt

6h x 20w x 41d cm

2 46/127h x 7 111/127w x 16 17/120d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra 2, From series: Piedras para abnea, 2018-2020

Carved lava stone

9h x 26w x 37d cm

3 69/127h x 10 30/127w x 14 72/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra 3From series: Piedras para abnea, 2018-2020.

Carved lava stone

7h x 33w x 33d cm.

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra abnea VI, 2016

Carved lava stone

6h x 30w x 49d cm

2 46/127h x 11 73/90w x 19 37/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra 5, From series: Piedras para abnea, 2018-2020

Carved lava stone

12h x 23w x 50d cm

4 92/127h x 9 6/109w x 19 37/54d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra 6, From series: Piedras para abnea, 2018-2020

Carved lava stone

12h x 8w x 10.50d cm

4 92/127h x 3 19/127w x 4 17/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra abnea V (larga roja redondeada), 2016

Basalt

10h x 20w x 41d cm

3 119/127h x 7 111/127w x 16 17/120d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra de Erwan para descender al fin de los tiempos, 2016

Basalt

7h x 36.50w x 40d cm

2 96/127h x 14 37/100w x 15 95/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Piedra 9, From series: Piedras para apnea, 2018-2020

Carved lava stone

5h x 15w x 37d cm

1 123/127h x 5 115/127w x 14 72/127d in

Unique

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #1, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in


 

 

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #2, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #3, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #4, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #5, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #6, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #7, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita #8, 2020

Archival pigment print

40h x 59w cm

15 95/127h x 23 8/35w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita. Vista Panorámica 1, 2020

Archival pigment print

60h x 90w cm

23 28/45h x 35 13/30w in

Diego Pérez

Apuntes para la mesa infinita. Vista panorámica 2, 2020

Archival pigment print

60h x 90w cm

23 28/45h x 35 13/30w in

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Installation Images

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Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez 

Historia de arena. Diego Pérez