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El Piloto

El Piloto

Artist: Bob Haozous (born 1943 Los Angeles, California; lives Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1990
Medium: nickel-plated steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 × 10 × 7 1/2 in. (40.6 × 25.4 × 19.1 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of the J. Daniel Boley Collection, gift of Katherine Hauth
Object number: PC2019.51.12
DescriptionSkull with cut out eyes, shape of a plane cut out for nose and a bomb cut out over third eye.
Not on view
Label Text:El Piloto provides a poignant commentary on the culture of war and the complicity of individuals in perpetuating violence. Within the skeletal face of El Piloto (the pilot), the nose is shaped like a plane and a bomb trails behind hovering over the skull’s third eye. Text across the face reads: “Los colores brillantes de las nubes siempre elevaron sus pensamientos por debajo de él al mirar otro fantástico atardecer” which translates, “the bright colors of the clouds always raised his thoughts as he watched another beautiful sunset below him.” The text suggests a beautiful experience for the pilot, who is visually represented as a symbol of death. He remains disassociated from the suffering and destruction caused by his actions.

Bob Haozous challenges cultural and political ideas through his artworks. His sculptures are often monumental public installations that have at times created controversy within the community, such as his piece Cultural Crossroads of the Americas on the University of New Mexico campus. Haozous pushes forward conversations that are uncomfortable and charged in contemporary society, inviting viewers to question their own values and beliefs.