sujeto/objeto (2016) presents a series of related new works including sculptures, projected photographs and an artist book. The series of works proposes a relationship between the materials and forms of our built environment, and the ways in which they in turn structure the relation between subject and territory.
The sculptures included in sujeto/objeto are made out of cement and native woods of Puerto Rico such as maga and palma real. Some of the sculptures rest onto the walls and interrupt the architecture of the exhibition hall. Others serve as support to concrete objects. They share a common vocabulary: elemental forms, accessible materials, evident supports structures, sanded and varnished woods, and human scale. The concrete objects are visibly heavy, they are stacked, lay flat on the floor or rest on the wall, or on cement or palm bark supports.
The projected photographs are views of the coast of San Juan from model apartments in Paseo Caribe and from Caribe Plaza, specifically from a “co-working space” for individuals partially residing in Puerto Rico under new tax exemption laws. These two emblematic housing and office developments construct a new subject through their relationship to ownership and to place as landscape. The view indicates subject’s position, from the interior of the space; domestic and office spaces can be seen reflected on the glass that separates the viewer from the “view to the sea”. The territory and the subject are constructed in relation to each other on material terms—-cement, glass, aluminum—-as well as in the symbolic field—-position, legal framework, and representation of the built coast as “nature”. These works replace commodities found inside the apartments and office space to discomfort in order to create different subject from the one constructed under contemporary conditions.