“In order to understand a society, I search through the trinket stores and the secondhand markets. For me, it is a form of education and historical orientation. I can see the creation of ideas in the waste of a culture “*. In these terms, expressed in 1970 by Edward Kienholz, and there are many artists, including Reyes himself, who found among the obsolete objects of our society the answers to what Gauguin was questioning. Namely: where do we come from? Who are we? and where are we going?**.

Buoy brings together a conglomerate of elements rescued by Reyes, articulated in the form of a shabby car, forming a dialogue and resulting in a sea of capricious geometries. In Buoy, unlike other carriages and artifacts of Reyes, this one is neither calm nor static, but through a violent foreshortening he struggles to stand, thus defying an implausible gravity.


* VVAA. Art of the XX century. II volumes. Cologne, Taschen, 2005. p. 509.

** The quotation refers to the title of the work Gauguin made in 1897 during his second Tahitian stage.

Technical data

Miscellaneous objects, acrylic, pencil and spray

180 x 145 x 23 cm