The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes
Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist whose work we discovered while researching an article about Hotel Boca Chica, for whom he designed the floating island you see above. It's actually an indoor pool based on the doughnut-shaped rafts that hotel guests used back in the 1950s. We fell in love with Reyes' fun take on geometric shapes and headed over to his website to see more of his work. We were not disappointed.
In short: Reyes is kind of a genius. His art is distinguished by its emphasis on geometry, history, and function, as well as a certain playfulness and sense of
social responsibility. We were especially taken with his Capulas, a series of interactive sculptures constructed out of various materials that create a space within a space for visitors to "hang" in.
This colorful Capula is entitled "Capula Expanded Dodechahedron". It's a suspended dodechahdron (that's a 12-sided geometric form) that Reyes designed to be a malleable addition to any room, be it round, square, large small, etc. We absolutely love the color scheme and the images of people hanging out in the capsule; it's very Chic Nomads.
The text accompanying the Capula series is more of a poem in the style of e.e. cummings than a definitive statement. Part of it reads: "If a Room is an ensemble of parts the Capula shall be a continuum." (Spacing is present in the original text).
This is "Capula Klein's Bottle". Don't let the folds and twists fool you; the capula is actually one continuous surface that's meant to represent a non-oppositional form of critique. As Reyes writes on his website, "Seemingly opposed perspectives can be illustrated as aspects of the whole." We just think it looks like a lot of fun.
"Capula V (Double Bubble)", another sculpture in the series, hanging in museum. Doesn't it look like a sophisticated hamster ball?
In an interview with BOMB Magazine, Reyes explained that his Capulas create a new division of space that lies somewhere between the built environment and the human experience.
Reyes: "Humans have created many different exoskeletons, from clothes to architecture; and my idea was to create one that could exist between furniture and architecture, a sort of space in which you could float. This space cannot be defined through a specific narrative or symbolism but must be defined by experience. The idea is to build an experience."
As you can see in the above picture, Reyes certainly has achieved his goal. When's the last time you saw people using modern sculpture as a prime hang-out pad?