Abraham Cruzvillegas at Galerie Chantal Crousel

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Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled 2010. Wood, beer caps, bulbs, roots, fabric, iron Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel Photo : Florian Kleinefenn

“It is necessary to be an artist in order to be a citizen” – Raqs Collective, 2010.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, on his recent exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel, draws from his experience living in Paris to speak to the contradictory fragments that compose an almost intangible personal identity. The artist approaches three and a half years living in the Parisian city, by focusing on a middle point between time and space. That moment where one’s sensations begin to arise and a personal narrative is constructed. In its entirety, the exhibition functions similar to an assemblage that investigates the cultural hybridity of the artist and the city in question.

Abraham Cruzvillegas Untitled 3 Abraham Cruzvillegas at Galerie Chantal Crousel

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled 2010. Wood, beer caps, bulbs, roots, fabric, iron Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel Photo : Florian Kleinefenn

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Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled 2010. Wood, beer caps, bulbs, roots, fabric, iron Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel Photo : Florian Kleinefenn

As part of this project, Cruzvillegas built a wooden sculpture inside the gallery, and produced an electronic booklet, which will be available online. The sculpture was inspired by the formal qualities of “Le Petite Ceinture” -a notorious peripheral region of Paris- and made with materials found on the streets. “Le Petite Ceinture” are a combination of train tracks that border the city. Since it was built in 1852, the site has undergone multiple socio-cultural transformations that range from, an architectural wonder from the bygone era to an area of partial abandonment. The booklet gathers images, drawings, and interviews that reveal the ideas behind the creation of the sculpture. At times, a single interview is conducted in three different languages, English, Spanish and French. The use of language on the interviews brings attention to a partial way of accessing information. All these serve to disclose the artist’s desire to address his relationship with Paris as a citizen and an outsider.

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Abraham Cruzvillegas, Study room 2010. 28 drawings, wood, wheelbarrows, beer caps, bulbs, roots, fabric, bowls, black- board, facsimile of the book «à la petite ceinture», 8 books facsimiles, writing on the wall Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel Photo : Florian Kleinefenn

The show at Galerie Chantal Crousel is another link on a chain composed of exhibitions, books, films, plays and music entitled, Autoconstrucción (self-construction). This is a series of works where Cruzvillegas pays attention to the question of identity as a process of endless transformations within a given context or in relation to a particular situation. Autoconstrucción started through sculpture in a matter that was dedicated to the inquiry of the economies of the handmade, recycled, and social engagement. To a certain degree, Cruzvillegas in Autoconstrucción describes a political existence that embraces the poetic and the path of continuos introspection.

Abraham Cruzvillegas Study Room 1 Abraham Cruzvillegas at Galerie Chantal Crousel

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Study room 2010. 28 drawings, wood, wheelbarrows, beer caps, bulbs, roots, fabric, bowls, black- board, facsimile of the book «à la petite ceinture», 8 books facsimiles, writing on the wall Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel Photo : Florian Kleinefenn

Abraham Cruzvillegas (born 1968, Mexico) has been the subject of multiple solo exhibitions at venues such as the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca. Some of his international exhibitions include the 10th Havana Biennial, the 50th Venice Biennale and the 25th Sao Paulo Biennial. His work has also been shown at the New Museum, New York, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chicago, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

-Maria Elena Ortiz

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