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. 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 $700
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