Abraham Cruzvillegas “The Water Trilogy 2: Autodefensión Microtonal Obrera Campesina Estudiantil Metabolista Descalza”

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[image: Abraham Cruzvillegas "Horizontes (Part 1 of 3)" (2005)]

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The Mexico City-based artist Abraham Cruzvillegas has been making a name for himself on the global stage in recent years with works featured in solo exhibitions at Tate Modern and the Walker Art Center and at the international festivals Documenta 13, the 50th Venice Biennale, and at the 9th Gwangju Biennale.

Cruzvillegas uses local materials such as stones, cardboard, plastic cases, discarded items and metal scraps – even animal refuse and plants – from the places he visits to create stand-alone objects integrated into large-scale architectural installations. His creative process and art rooted in the “Self-Building” movement and “beautiful chaos” of packed markets in the Mexico City suburbs where he spent his youth are something he calls “Autoconstrucción” (Auto-construction). The materials used in works in this series contain the history, politics, society, and economy of their regions, yet Cruzvillegas strips them of these characteristics to create entirely new installations through improvisation and the introduction of intermediary elements.

The Water Trilogy is a series of three exhibitions held in three different locations in 2017. Tokyo has been chosen for the second installment. How will Cruzvillegas, an artist who works without regard to hierarchy or narrative while incorporating disordered and hybrid elements, localize Tokyo? His works here are inspired by the Metabolism architectural movement and Isamu Noguchi’s furniture while also referencing concepts of autonomous structures such as Buckminster Fuller’s notion of tensegrity and Fibonacci numbers, yet they are entirely new installations. They also mix in facets of Mexico’s rich culture and landscapes with references to traditional musical instruments, farming techniques, and the Axolotl salamander.

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from 4月 21, 2017 to 7月 02, 2017

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