Jorge Pardo becomes architect and designer as he fills gallery spaces with furniture, pendant lights and paintings. Jonathan McAloon meets the Cuban-American artist to talk irreverence, imagination and the construction of space.
In Victoria Miro's Wharf Road space, Jorge Pardo walks me around his freshly mounted eponymous exhibition hours before opening. He has decided to leave the hoists from the process in place. "It's a funny little game about how they are integrated into the space. They're suspended, but they are also suspended as the type of objects that they are." Gregarious and unguardedly intellectual with a Starbucks in hand, he returns again and again to this idea of games and problems; ideas that are hard to square. He believes, too, that for work to be powerful, the artist sometimes ought to be as confused as the viewer.
Image: Installation view, Jorge Pardo, 2018. Installation photography: Thierry Bal