Many of Chaves and Gilda’s works use recycled cardboard. For Partituras, they arranged stacks of cardboard into long rectangles on the ground, which are visually analogous to fields of graphite in Chaves’s pencil drawings. While the blocks have a spare presence in space, they exist more full solidity within their borders, and the recycled nature of the cardboard adds some play into the clean minimalist rectangles and cubes.
The collaborative works of Raimond Chaves and Mantilla Gilda often derive from a direct engagement with the world. The two travel, make drawings from libraries, hold workshops in neighborhoods, and videotape the fog in Lima. Embedded in their cultural and physical geography, these works correspondingly portray the terrain of South America through the perspective of their lives and travels in the continent.