Abraham Cruzvillegas “Autodestrucción5: Netsukumogamishungaseppuku”

Rat Hole Gallery

poster for Abraham Cruzvillegas “Autodestrucción5: Netsukumogamishungaseppuku”
[Image: Abraham Cruzvillegas "Selfportrait as a sparkling frontierman, embracing the portrait of Gilberto Bosques, listening to pirekuas and gulping down esquites outside of the cathedral "」(2014)]

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Rat Hole Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas on view from July 4 until September 14, 2014. Composed of new works produced on-site, the exhibition marks the first time for the artist’s work to be shown in Japan.

Abraham Cruzvillegas was born in 1968 in Mexico City, where he lives and works. A central figure in a new wave of conceptual art in Mexico City during the late 1980s and 90s, Cruzvillegas is best known for his sculptures and installations that examine questions of identity and construction of the self in reference to economic, social, political, and historical conditions. Ranging from small autonomous sculptures to large architectural installations, Cruzvillegas’ dynamic assemblages of varying textures and forms are created from found materials and everyday objects such as scrap wood and metal, recycled plastic, and animal waste. Shaping information, ideas, and experiences into sculptural processes, he generates shifts in meaning and interpretation across particular contexts, places, and times.

Explored in Cruzvillegas’ work are ideas relating to labor economies and production and the industrial ready-made versus hand craftsmanship. Improvisation and elements related to the location in which the artist is working are also core aspects of his process of construction and reconstruction, which he describes with the term “Autocontrucción” and which a connection to his native country and his childhood home in Ajusco, a district south of Mexico City, is often an integral component. In addition to his sculptures and installation works, Cruzvillegas’ diverse artistic practice also includes drawing, photography, film, and musical collaborations.



from July 04, 2014 to September 14, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-07-04 from 18:00 to 20:00



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