Currently Closed
Marvin Touré
the blood is the water.
View Exhibition
Catalina Schliebener Muñoz
Deep, Deep Woods
View Exhibition
Isla Hansen
How to Get to Make Believe
View Exhibition
Andrea Peña
States of Transmutation
View Exhibition
Asim Waqif
Assume the Risk
View Exhibition
Shohei Katayama
As Below, So Above
View Exhibition

After School

Teen Summer Workshop Series
Our Mission

The Mattress Factory is an artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer and presenter of installation art. We say “yes” to artists, offering time and space to dream and realize projects in our hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. We invite audiences from around the world and around the corner to step inside, immerse and connect with the artistic process.

Learn More About Us

Douglas Pérez



This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Fusce at elit quis felis ullamcorper vehicula non in est. Maecenas finibus pharetra justo et faucibus. Nulla eu tortor vel ex volutpat efficitur. Vivamus placerat turpis in aliquet venenatis. Quisque ac lacinia mauris. Nam quis lobortis elit. Vestibulum sagittis nisi sit amet euismod hendrerit. Mauris non sodales odio. Donec efficitur molestie quam, sed lobortis massa vestibulum ut.

Nunc at arcu sodales nisi porta euismod non vel neque. Phasellus at lobortis ante, in suscipit justo. Proin non purus vitae nisi molestie consectetur. Vestibulum volutpat lobortis interdum. Vestibulum pretium ligula lorem, egestas ultricies lectus ultricies ac. Curabitur venenatis vulputate dolor.

In his analysis of Pérez's Ecosystem, Cuban art critic and curator Abelardo Mena Chicuri notes that in Pérez's paintings, "the characters, scenes, trades, and pictorial techniques, extracted from Cuban nineteenth-century art, coexist in an endless carnival with Black slaves, white masters, sensual mulatto women, production technologies, and urban landscapes that offer a critique of the foundational myths of the Cuban nation."

Interestingly, however, Chicuri writes that in his latest artworks, including Ecosystem, "Douglas somehow changed the brand that has identified him so far and now depicts topics that are more universal, bearing no direct relation to the shadows of Cuban history or to local myths. In these paintings, the backgrounds are abstract scenarios inhabited by conglomerates of human beings who have been subjected to ridicule and heartless compression, reduced to flesh and bones. These beings are anonymous participants in a parade, devoid of initiative and self-determination... The vision transmitted by these paintings is, above all, skeptical and anti-utopian."

Curated by Alejandro De La Fuente


Queloides: Race & Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, October 15, 2010 - February 27, 2011
About The Artist

Douglas Pérez graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in 1996. His paintings often make use of pictorial quoting, or appropriation, which became popular at the ISA during the 1980s.

More from this Artist

More from this Exhibition


Kini Kini

Seven Oaths


They Are Not Mine Series




Black Marat

Orange Pants



1 2 3


Give artists the time, space and resources to create remarkable works of art that help us see our world in new ways.

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram