Resident: Gabriela Reyes

Gabriela Reyes, VIGÍA – Part 1 (2021) © Courtesy of the artist.

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The generative art project seeks to deepen the connotation of sensations, emotions or any physical alteration produced in a person from an abstract visual suggestion. Specifically, those suggestions that arouse romantic or erotic sensations.

Through an experimental exploration of very high levels of abstraction in the visual interpretation of certain concepts, this project seeks to appeal to the transcendental thinking of the subject and his or her imaginative being, which is capable of building emotions and reliving sensations from a visual experience. A series of visual suggestions will be built from digital graphic compositions with generative, monochrome and subtle qualities.

Through visual programming, I will work on the simplest and most abstract way to represent concepts such as a kiss, a caress or the act of holding someone’s hand tightly. Seeking to evoke the most intense ideas that are related to personal erotic experience, from sin, lust or censorship to kitsch and romance. These ideas are rarely expressed with the correct words but it can be said that the sensations evoked will never be wrong since one does not choose what to feel, your body simply responds to what it feels. When speaking of eroticism, one immediately thinks of figurative images, which is normal given the nature of our previous experiences. We think about the beauty of the skin, the shape of the lips, the strength of a hand or the intensity of a look. I think that there is a lot of erotic intensity implicit in abstract images such as the rhythm of a movement, the simple perception of a very diffuse figure, the softness in the interaction of lights and shadows.

We are in an age where we allow ourselves to feel unrepentant desire, fall in love for a moment, and feel alive. I want to explore these intense emotions through an abstract discourse. For this residency, my work will consist of the development of at least 3 generative graphic compositions that could express these intentions.

Agora Talk

21.09.08 Digital Resident: Gabriela Reyes for Agora Digital Art

Pencil in: Wednesday 8 September 2021 at 18:30 BST

Location: either zoom or Mozilla Hubs

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About the artist

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Gabriela Reyes (B. 1990, México). Designer and Multimedia Artist graduated from the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico.

She currently works as an independent artist under the name of Cero Tres and together with the artist and designer FFakt she is co-author of the Multimedia Art Studio F3.

Both individual and collective projects are a reflection of her affinity for abstract expression, focused on multimedia experimentation with light, space and image through a minimalist and monochrome style with a strong tendency towards the essential.

The development of her artistic work is an accompaniment between visual programming, basic electronics and phenomenological exploration of light and space.

She has shown her individual work in small festivals geared towards women and non-binary groups in Mexico and her collective work in Mexico and abroad in spaces such as: NODE Forum for Digital Arts 2020 (Frankfurt | DE), Athens Digital Arts Festival 2020 (Atenas | GR), Centro de Cultura Digital (Ciudad de México | MX), Paradise Festival (Cap Cana | DR), Centro Nacional de las Artes (Ciudad de México | MX), CMD_Festival (Ciudad de México | MX), Showfields (Nueva York | EU), Earsten Bloc (Montreal | CA), Festival Internacional de la Imagen (Manizales | CO), among others.

Artist’s statement

My work is the interpretation of my affinity for simple things, focused on the phenomenological exploration of light, form and space. Through a variety of media, always related to visual programming, digital and electronic tools, I use light as the main form of my expression.

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