Pedro Reyes, 2015
20 x 16 inches
giclee print on archival paper
edition of 25
“The sea and the desert have something in common: they are wide, undulating infinities. Perhaps it is the impossibility of fixing one’s gaze on a single detail that makes them so abstract. On the shores, beyond the human altered landscape, lies planet earth. Facing untouched earth-scapes often makes one feel extraterrestrial. Sunsets on the sea suggest to me the following associations: mythological wars, stoned teenagers, transmigration of souls, sexual fantasies, and lost civilizations.
While facing the sun, i have had amusing epiphanies. For instance, realizing that the sound of the sea might be the only sound that has existed without interruption, forever, even before any living creature had ears to listen. Such a sound describes, in my experience, a panning movement from left to right.
Once I managed to hypnotize myself focusing on that sound, I felt as if each shhhooooaaaaaahhh was like wind turning the pages of a book, which was my own face. Being in this state for a whole week was like reading a long novel.
The task of evoking such an experience artistically requires a form that is simultaneously universal and simple, mysterious and concrete: a pyramid.
Unlike concepts, symbols are beyond textual interpretation. Thus, through its symbolic power, Floating Pyramid affords us the possibility of traveling to unknown dimensions.”