Caviar and Excrement: A Conversation with Wilfredo Prieto
by Robert Preece
A beautiful but wilting flower hangs in a
noose, an egg sits next to an eight ball, and
caviar enfolds excrement. Wilfredo Prieto’s
works use simple, precise juxtapositions to
tease out intriguing, open-ended metaphors.
He often employs basic materials, projecting a certain poetry that at times
recalls Minimalism and Arte Povera.
Born and educated in Cuba, Prieto sees through a different, hard-toplace
lens. His mysterious take on things and his ability to express ideas
without necessarily stating them in words give him fresh insights into
the role of art in late capitalism, fueling an oblique critique of the social
instability spilling out of American politics and threatening to overwhelm
the world. Robert Preece: For me, Sin título (Mierda y Caviar) (2011) symbolizes our current era
of excess, dysfunctional government, doom and gloom, and instability—with a muchneeded
touch of humor. Could you explain its original context?
...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.
y Plátano, (Grease, soap and banana), 2006. Grease, soap, and banana peel, approx. 25 cm.