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BLANK WALLS, BLANK CANVAS: PEDRO REYES

In case you don’t know Pedro Reyes, he’s someone you should.

Our last #ArtistInResidence is one of the most prominent Mexican contemporary artists and we’re proud to now have his work in the house.

Pedro Reyes was born in Mexico City in 1972, where he lives and works.

When we asked him about his latest stay at El Ganzo he shared with us that he usually “doesn’t like to take vacations” He thinks they are a waste of time… and he loves to work – but our place – gave him the chance to accomplish both.

He loved his room, especially the fact that he could relax and work in the same space or better yet, “canvas”.

Because Pedro believes that accomplishing a good drawing requires a lot of repetition – hence a natural process of creation – requires that the artist repeats the drawing one too many times.

Such process took place directly on his room walls.

The white concrete structure turned into his sketch notebook.

During his stay he found inspiration in Greek mythology and philosophy, so he made drawings based on portraits of Greek Philosophers.

The work he left behind is a direct reflection on the reading material he brought for his stay, which is something that usually happens in his work.

For Pedro, producing art is a form of digesting his Spiritual learning and/or readings.

He worked with charcoal, which is a very traditional technique.

He shared with us that it’s easy to imagine a caveman taking a piece of charcoal and drawing figures on the walls of his cave.

The first artists probably started working with this simple tool.

And so did Pedro, who only brought a box of charcoals (along with his books) for his stay!

 Pedro Reyes has won international attention for large-scale projects that take existing social problems and imagine solutions for a happier world.

 In Palas por Pistolas (2008), Reyes worked with local authorities in Culiacán, Mexico, to melt down guns into shovels, intended to plant trees in cities elsewhere in the world. ‘I am on a crusade to come up with creative initiatives to disarm all these cities’, Reyes says (2013).

Similarly for Disarm (2013) the Mexican government passed over 6,700 confiscated firearms for Reyes to turn into mechanical musical instruments, which are automated to play a delightful, if surreal loop, retaining the raw emotion of their origination.

You can get to know his work better visiting, http://www.pedroreyes.net/

But most definitely you should come to El Ganzo and see what he did during his Residency.

A great addition to a beautiful art collection “in the making” here in the heart of Cabo…

We are waiting for you.

Work or play. Or like Pedro Reyes, come and do both.