• My practice merges traditional forms and methods from my native home in México with broader literary traditions of Latin America, and contrasts and hybridizes them with my life and home in the United States. Endurance and repetitive labor are central themes in my work; they reflect an affinity for the traditional work of my family and the labor of immigrants in this country. Through my work I seek to propel and make believable narratives often overlooked. This propagation of story takes the form of myth-building, one which challenges notions of spectacle and viewership and raises the question of myth as antonym to history. In questioning this dichotomy, I seek to upend the idea of myth and lore as fiction. 

  • Armando Cortés
    Pata Rajada, 2021
    Cedar structure and various objects
    213.36 x 228.6 x 533.4 cm | 84 x 90 x 210 in.
    Price upon enquiry
  • Pata Rajada (2021), for instance, is an installation in the form of a palenque, a cock fighting ring. This piece engages notions of viewership, expectation, and spectacle as the viewer is turned away from the stage and to the periphery and understructure. Another installation work on view here is Paisaje/Passage (2020), which consists of drawings on slate, a small coffin, a bench topped with clay and embedded obsidian, and a structure made of cedar and adobe. The title and materials allude to landscape, journey, loss and the materiality of death. Revealing hidden forms and symbols of myth and promise, my performance work ¿Y la Gente? (2020) involves Azteca dancers journeying through the museum space in an elliptical form. They then led me to breakdown a series of columns we had built. 

  • Armando Cortés
    Paisaje / Passage, 2020
    Cedar structure, slate, maple, adobe, clay, obsidian
    Dimensions variable
    Price upon enquiry
  • Armando Cortés
    ¿Y la Gente? , 2020
    Performance
    Duration variable
    Price upon enquiry
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