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Jorge Pardo’s Tecoh

Jorge Pardo, Tecoh, 2012, Tecoh, Mexico. Photos: Jody Asano.

ACCORDING TO JORGE PARDO, “to be an interesting artist, you really have to understand your relation to other forms of production.” In other words, art’s others need not be its antitheses; artworks should not derive their meaning or value from opposition to other crafted or manufactured goods. Above all, artworks should not simply deny the potential to function, this being the first rule of a mythic autonomy à la Kant’s “purposive purposelessness,” but rather extend function itself into the realm of the speculative. This at once synthetic and analytical predisposition has led Pardo through various experiments with the materials, tools, and techniques of industrial product design, toward projects that have assumed increasingly architectural proportions. The first bona fide residence in his corpus, 4166 Sea-View Lane, 1998, is one that he in fact occupied as a home. He refers to this

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