CARGO

This work is part of the We are sorry to notify you that due to the end of the world your package has been delayed project and exhibition.

Pequod Co. presents We are sorry to notify you that due to the end of the world your package has been delayed, by Andrew Roberts (Tijuana, 1995), from November 21, 2020 until January, 2021. A provocative show that rethinks the figure of the undead.

The exhibition investigates the transit of what we understand as rotten meat through two materials: skin and silicon. A tattoo can be a codex to invoke dismembered memories while a computer’s processor is the portal to reanimate voices confined to the liminal factory of the beyond. What contemporary fears and anxieties about the undead do we harbor in our imagination? The artist responds with the proper make-up of loins that are too creepy for Netflix.

Roberts’ work is comprised by a series of carnal silicone sculptures, reminiscent of a low-budget Mexican gore film, as if they were the black ink imprints of memories emanating from an endriago imaginary. The undead in this show have been generated by a computer programmed to resurrect the voices of bodies trapped between the corporate advertisement and the undead. They are the poems, monologues and intimate soliloquies of a cadaverous interiority or the performance that arises post-mortem. Roberts’ carnal prostheses appear as the empty corporalities of the parasitic and as the bloody containers of everything that refuses to die.

We are sorry to notify you that due to the end of the world your package has been delayed anchors its production on the historical transformation of the undead — a cultural constant shaped by the most visceral concerns of each era, from war events to biopolitical realities. The artist explores how the cinematographic and video game industries have built a hegemonic perspective in which the figure of the zombie and the horror genre are traversed by racial and colonial phenomena to later be instrumentalized for economic propaganda and imperial purposes.

Text by Bernardo Núñez Magdaleno

Exhibition history

We are sorry to notify you that due to the end of the world your package has been delayed, Pequod Co., Mexico City
Cuerpos, Lodos, Mexico City, 2020
Rivera at Material Art Fair, Mexico City, 2020



2020

COOTIES: the rotten core, 2020, Color tattoos on silicon and cap, 30 x 25 x 35 cm


REANIMATOR: days gone bye, 2020, Color tattoos on silicon, 50 x 35 x 20 cm

EXHUMED: miles behind us, 2020, Tattoos on silicon, 30 x 35 x 28 cm

PET SEMATARY: the hearts desire, 2020, Tattoos on silicon, 10 x 35 x 48 cm

CARGO: a certain doom, 2020, Tattoo on silicon, 15 x 52 x 10 cm

BRAINDEAD: what comes after, 2020, Tattoos on silicon, 20 x 40 x 15 cm

PONTYPOOL: too far gone, 2020, Tattoos on silicon, 30 x 30 x 10 cm

CARGO: A lone rider in the burning sky and his trusted armored dragon, 2020, silicon, tattoos, anti-static foam and automotive paint on weapon case, 42x52x50cm


Installation view at Cuerpos, Lodos, Mexico City, 2020.


RHYTHM RATTLESNAKE: The world ends with you, baby centipede, 2020, tattoo on silicon, 23x9x15cm


FRAGILE: Sunflower vending machine, 2020, silicon, piercing and tattoos, 5x3x10cm

CLOYSTER: One hundred and two million Cthulhu particles deep beneath the ocean, 2020, silicon, piercing, tattoos and poly bubble mailer, 24x5x30cm

DUCK HUNT: Spaghetti Westerns and Mexican B-Horror Movies, 2020, silicon, tattoos and poly bubble mailer, 24x5x30cm

SMASH: My head fell through the roof and a demon played basketball with it, 2020, silicon, tattoos and poly bubble mailer, 24x5x30cm

MOSQUITO BITE: Black lotus killing machine, 2020, silicon, piercing and tattoos, 5x3x10cm
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