Pedro Morales. 1958, Maracaibo. Lives and works in Houston USA. Pedro Morales is a pioneer of digital art in Venezuela. He represented his country at the 50th Venice Biennale with an iconic work, "CITYROOMS.NET", censored by his government. His research in the Visual Arts maintains an approach to the intimate, using everyday household events as background for his digital work. He has explored his vision of the picture within the picture with fractal geometry, Stereography and virtual volumes, faithful to their digital nature. 3D vision has been extensively investigated by Morales for more than 25 years. The two-dimensional codes popular on mobile phones have been dismembered by Morales, experimenting with new materials and decipherable techniques using a cell phone. The 3D art pieces come from printers assembled by the artist. Part of the interactivity with his work is mobile connectivity, each code carries a personal message or URL. Two-dimensional barcodes popular in Mobile phones have been dismembered by Morales, experimenting with new materials and techniques decipherable using a cell phone. 3D art pieces come from 3D-printers assembled by the artist. Part of interaction with his work is mobile connectivity, each code takes a personal message or URL. He is currently working the Scutoid series, a plastic investigation on the newly discovered geometric shape which is found in human cells, the Scutoid.
Artist Statement Pedro Morales, a pioneer of digital art in Venezuela. His options always related to cross-roads between art and new technologies; stereograms, digital animations, video games, virtual reality, 2D codes and 3D prints. In the "Scutoid Series", Pedro Morales explore in depth this new geometrical shape, discovered barely in July 2018. The Scutoid is the shape of epithelial cells that protect the body, according to researchers at the universities of Seville and Lehigh (USA). For the artist it’s a journey to the most intimate part of our being, a search within a beautiful geometric shape that has always lived with us, oblivious to their presence. Morales has looked into since the time of its discovery, delving into its impossible surface, unpublished curved sides, in the turning flow of that woven form we’re all made of. "I've been captivated by the scutoid and the spatial challenge it represents", says Morales. "I have bowed to its mysterious beauty, the geometric freedom offered by its unexplored volume". Made from corn-based plastic it’s also a research on the progress of a vilified yet ubiquitous material, and without which the comfort of modern life would not be possible.