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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



Mandalas

Ruben Trejo, 1986–90

welded iron railroad spikes, marble, iron sheet, lead, and wood
Photo by Matt Vielle, Hamilton Studio
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Estate of Ruben Trejo, 2013.37a-f
© 1990, Estate of Ruben Trejo

clavos de durmiente de hierro soldados, mármol, plancha de hierro, plomo y madera
Fotografía por Matt Vielle, Hamilton Studio
Smithsonian American Art Museum, donación de los herederos de Ruben Trejo, 2013.37a-f
© 1990, Estate of Ruben Trejo


In Mandalas, Trejo used railroad spikes, a material laden with meaning for the artist, whose father laid train tracks in the Midwest. Slightly bent and weathered to a rusty brown, each column of welded spikes evokes bodies caught in the midst of labor.
En Mandalas, Trejo usó clavos de ferrocarril, un material lleno de significado para el artista, cuyo padre instalaba rieles de tren en el Medio Oeste. Ligeramente doblados y oxidados, cada columna de clavos soldados evoca cuerpos en pleno trabajo.






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