Tlatelolco Pyramid, 2016, oil on panel, 30" x 30"
Tlatelolco Grid, 2016, oil on panel, 30" x 30"
The Tlatelolco works are inspired by the large housing development in Mexico City of the same name. Tlatelolco is the second largest housing development in North America, and the largest in Mexico. It was constructed in the 1960s as a realization of functionalist ideas put forth by architects like Le Corbusier.
The development’s centerpiece is a 25-story tower in the shape of a pyramid called Torre Insignia. The tower features a mural and the biggest carillon in the world, with 47 bells. In the years since its construction, Tlatelolco has had a rough time--the plaza at the center of the development was the site of a massacre of student demonstrators in 1968 and then, in the massive 1985 earthquake, many of the apartment buildings were damaged and thousands died. The Torre Insignia was badly damaged in the earthquake, and sat vacant until 2014.
The Tlatelolco paintings combine the crisp geometry of the tower’s architecture with the wear and tear evident from years of damaging events and vacancy.