For Siembra, Abraham Cruzvillegas presents three brand new hanging sculptures built with materials that he took from works made throughout his career in museums and galleries around the world. To compose them, Cruzvillegas uses discarded everyday objects and materials found in situ, such as marine sponges, millstones, sheepskin or a mold for piloncillo. These objects that have their own biography and that have witnessed events, experiences and processes of the artist, are now presented in Siembra, gathered under a new configuration. In it, the multiple material presences, memories, testimonies and trajectories of some of the objects with which he has worked are intermingled, and these in turn are intertwined with the journey and history of the artist himself. The logic of the sculpture’s structure attends to the physical properties of the object, such as its weight, texture and volume, as well as the relationships of tension and balance that are formed between them. By recovering these objects and inserting them into a new assembly in the exhibition space, Cruzvillegas makes them mediators of new relationships, triggers processes of resignification and enables other encounters.
Cruzvillegas conceives the life of objects as something circular that, like sowing, regenerates in a cyclical way, nourishes and is strengthened with the environment. The possibility that something can grow suggested by the concept of sowing is something that also interests the artist on a poetic level. Following this idea, Cruzvillegas threw corn grains on the floor of the gallery as a gesture that refers to latent possibilities and the idea of hope.
The collaborative nature and mutable identity of Cruzvillegas's works have led him to continually work with musicians, poets, dancers, and other agents in a close and personal way. During the exhibition, there will be a series of activations with musicians and dancers invited by the artist; some of them will perform songs written by Cruzvillegas based on traditional Huasteca music. In addition, the street musicians who walk around the gallery will be invited to activate the piece in an improvised and spontaneous way. The work is conceived by the artist as a sculpture in continuous development, susceptible to undergo modifications and transformations with the inertia of the construction process and as the activations occur.
The artists that will activate the pieces throughout the exhibition are:
Viridiana Toledo Rivera
Andrés García Nestitla
La Bruja de Texcoco
Trío Huasteco Los descarados: Nabani Aguilar, Ricardo Bassilio, Obed Calixto