Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites (Walker Art Center, 2013)
Texts by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Patricia Falguières, Catalina Lozano, David Miranda, and Sergio González Rodríguez.
From Walker Art Center:
One of the most important artists to come out of a burgeoning scene in Mexico City, Abraham Cruzvillegas has garnered international acclaim for his dynamic assemblage sculptures made of found objects. Published by the Walker on the occasion of the artist’s first major survey, this volume explores the rich terrain of Cruzvillegas work over the past 10 years, rooting his sculptural language within the volcanic landscape of his childhood home in Ajusco, Mexico. The publication elaborates on his interest in autoconstrucción, or “self-construction,” a method of building arising from the constraints of poverty, in which parts are recycled and adapted for new purposes.
Developed in collaboration with the artist, the volume features five essays examining autoconstrucción through the lens of art history, politics, architecture, and urban migration in Mexico in the 1960s. The catalogue also illustrates sculptures by Cruzvillegas and features materials such as his photographs of Ajusco, song lyrics inspired by his neighborhood, maps depicting urban migration, and musical and filmic references that together represent a kind of atlas of the artist’s mind. Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Courtesy Walker Art Center.
Photographer Shae DeTar brilliantly infuses her photography with art in the most beautiful ways. Her technique of hand-painting photographs dates back to before color processing, making the feeling of her work inevitably vintage.
Finnish artist Jani Leinonen has set up a Hunger King installation in Budapest that draws attention to Hungary’s conflicting policies toward the rich and the poor. Visitors choose between getting in “rich” or “poor” lines, with signage on either side revealing stats about inequality in taxes and education opportunities, fines for vagrancy, and other points. The first 50 people in the “poor” line each day are greeted with a clamshell burger box holding the equivalent of about $15, the daily minimum wage in Budapest. Visitors to the “rich” line get a fake burger and fake fries, and an appeal toward activism.
Titanium dioxide breaks down smog particles in the air, and students in the US have shown that in one year, one roof coated in it can break down the smog from a car that’s driven 17,000 km(10,500 miles). And every day, 21 tonnes of smog could be eliminated by one million treated roofs.
FEATURED ARTIST: Linn Pedersen, Floor Arrangements, 2012. Various sizes, photo, clay, climbing ropes, gym bags, pedestals, textiles and spray paint. Installation at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Jan Freuchen.