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Andrew Reyes

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At first, Andrew Reyes’s exhibition “Cryptique” presented itself as an obstacle. An enormous X straddled the interior of the gallery, a sculpture titled Body Bilder (all works 2009), that seemed to cross out the artist’s previous oeuvre, which has been predominantly pictorial and engaged explicitly with consumer culture. But this indicator of error soon became a sign of potential—recalling the X-that-marks-the-spot on a treasure map or a positive act of signatory acceptance—once one realized that the X was in fact not a barrier, but a pair of crisscrossing diagonal trusses, one in front of the other, that could be actively negotiated.

At the intermediary space between the two white diagonals, the work, which Reyes designed using a 3-D modeling program, appeared as an architectural fragment, calling to mind the interior ramps in Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (1929) or the intersection of up

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