I first met Adislén Reyes in 2007 one year after she had graduated from San Alejandro Academy of Art.
When she showed me her thesis project, the book Plegable, I saw a smart young feminist influenced by contemporary media culture, plying the waters of relationships, sexuality, and identity with wit, humor and more than a little kitsch.
She was unable to participate in Poder the first book in the trilogy. With Privacidad I knew I wanted her image bound into the cover and hidden from view. A small challenge- who wants their work not to be seen? We spent a couple of hours discussing the concept and she created tight private moment for the book.
In January 2013, she showed me her second book Explosion Roja. Twelve months- twelve unique books. To date Adislén has created 5 Explosion Roja months. January and October are available. October is a loving explosion of red fall leaves- one of my favorite months in New England.
Edition of 40, Silkscreen 2006 9 ¾ x 33 ½ inches $500
Smith College Art Museum; Mortimer Rare Book Room and Neilson Library, Smith College
Mexican American & Iberian Collections, Green Library, Stanford University
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Ella permanece impecable
Solo que a nadie se le ocurra cruzarse en su camino
Pues ha de terminar manchándose,
Ella es como esos animales que te hipnotizan
Para Luego lanzarte el veneno,
Te atrae para devorarte después.
El ruido de la explosión no le molesta
De su interior viene,
Es el grito de su cuerpo,
Alarido que se transforma en melodía armoniosa,
Es un fuego artificial que estalla,
Develando con el estruendo
2013 27 x 9 inches Silkscreen Series of 12/ 1 for each month of the year $700
Explosión Roja is an artist book with 12 unique books. The number of books is allegoric of the twelve months of the year, thus establishing the analogy at the same time with women’s period.
Each book becomes a unique piece of work with the change of the motives recreated by the supposed “red burst”, which, in the form of a collage, search for the particularities in the midst of a generality, in this case, by the silk screen process.
The creation of the text through cut letters turns its reading complex and, up to a certain extent, incomprehensible, just as women’s way of thinking might be.