Labor, based in Mexico City, is committed to turning a critical eye on
the world we live in by representing a group of artists who place emphasis
on exploring the social and political realities of today. Director Pamela
Echeverria notes the gallery feels a strong connection to Texas, not only
geographically, but culturally. “We understand Mexico and the border
states of the US as a region with its own character and problems.”
Labor will be showing the work of Pedro Reyes and Pablo Vargas
Lugo. Reyes is known for his participatory projects including Sanitorium,
currently showing at ICA Miami, and The People’s United Nations, at the
Hammer Museum. Pablo Vargas Lugo is drawn to such diverse disciplines
as astronomy, cartography, and archeology. These interests, manifesting as
collage, drawing, and installation, often employ humor.
Texas has a history of showing Labor artists. In 2010, Pablo Vargas
Lugo exhibited his project Eclipses for Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art.
A major work by Teresa Margolles was acquired last year by the Modern
Art Museum of Fort Worth and was included in their exhibition Mexico:
Inside Out. Additionally, Pedro Reyes is planning an upcoming exhibition at
Dallas Contemporary. www.labor.org.mx
Above: Pedro Reyes, Capula Klein, 2006, Stainless steel frame woven in vinyl string, 118.11
x 78. 74 x 78. 74 in. Left: Pedro Reyes, Estatua de Karl Marx (Statue of Karl Marx), 2014,
volcanic stone, 20. 87 x 30. 31 x 27. 95 in.