Andrew

Roberts

We are sorry to notify you that due to the end of the world your package has been delayed

21.11.2020 - 16.01.2021

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. 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.

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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. 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.

Andrew

Roberts

WE REGRET TO NOTIFY YOU THAT

Your tongue can no longer help you be something else
You can’t solve the enigma of your vitality

You can't reach the plain of immanent transactions
No assembly of elements will give you strength.

DUE TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Love no longer begins in the stomach

Your abdomen no longer houses a digestive system
You don’t need to harmonize your humors

There is nothing to sustain the fantasy of your singularity.

YOUR PACKAGE HAS BEEN DELAYED

Your organs have slowed down

Your time is finally dismembered
Gratification does without meat

This is the failure of the outside

Your very recording replaces it

Only the non-human horde advances life.

Bernardo Núñez Magdaleno

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Lives and works in Tijuana


Andrew Roberts (Tijuana, 1995) is a Mexican visual artist. His research begins with a historical exploration on the parallel development of war technology and the entertainment industry, analyzing the role of images as operational weapons in military conflicts and their poetic, political and aesthetic ramifications in the production of capital and death. His practice takes on the form of multimedia narrative and speculative fiction, materialized across space through digital animations and immersive installations in the company of objects, actions and essayistic writings.

Throughout his process, Roberts employs a complex array of graphic and literary elements typical of science fiction, horror and video games to elaborate an inquiry on how these genres and mediums manufacture a collective sensibility that mutates into a scopic regime. Utilizing strategies such as humor and entertainment, he creates visual instruments that aim to reveal and dismantle the power structures behind a closed-circuit system where death, currency and image operate within each other.

He has been part of shows in Mexico, United States of America, China, United Kingdom, Argentine, Chile, Colombia, Australia and Spain, in places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Centro Cultural Tijuana; the Whitstable Biennale of the TATE Modern; and Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco. Among his awards are the Acquisition prize of the III Bienal Nacional del Paisaje (Mexico, 2019), the Acquisition prize of the XXXIX Encuentro Nacional de Arte Joven (Mexico, 2019), the First Place of the 7a Bienal Internacional de Arte Universitario (Mexico, 2018), FONCA in the category of Alternative Media of the Jóvenes Creadores program (Mexico, 2019-2020); on the same category the PECDA BC (Mexico, 2016-2017); and two grants given by Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico, 2018 and 2020).

Since 2017 he has been co-director of Deslave, an exhibition space, curatorial team and semi-professional cult for the production and exhibition of contemporary art based in Tijuana, which has carried out exhibition projects for Human Resources (Los Ángeles), SEVENTH Gallery (Melbourne), Swab Art Fair (Barcelona) and Material Art Fair (Mexico City).