Galerie Chantal Crousel is pleased to host the fifth Abraham Cruzvillegas solo exhibition La Señora de Las Nueces, in which the artist presents a set of sculptures, a series of monoprints and a video.

The works are the result of a long term reflection about the material and cultural history of the Señor de las Limas, a sculpture dating back to 900-400 BCE, emblematic of Olmec culture.

Found in 1965 by two children from Las Limas village, who were looking for a stone with which to crack a nut from a palm, the sculpture represents a person sitting cross-legged with the loose body of a were-jaguar baby laying over his arms. The back of the sculpture is flat and has two symmetrical holes in the lower part, which seem to be designed for passing a rope through to facilitate its transport.

 

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 2, 2020-2021

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 2
2020-2021
Wood, paint, beer caps, nylon, copper, cardboard, steel, cotton
Approx. 353 x 118 x 20 cm | 139 x 46 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches

Price: 44,000 USD incl. VAT

Attention to movement is central to Cruzvillegas’ process of creating the hanging sculptures in the main gallery.

Made from urban objets trouvés and materials picked up around the city (odd bits of furniture, wooden boards and planks, metal strips, strings, stones, computer keyboard…), they are all put together to be carried and carry something else.

Based on scientific proposals as to the transportation techniques the Olmecs used for the Señor de Las Limas and its symbolic function, Abraham Cruzvillegas completes his sculptures by a hybrid activity: strapped to his body, he embarks each one on a journey between the gallery and a place of personal importance in his day-to-day life (The École des Beaux-Arts where he teaches and his home, amongst others).

Brought back to the gallery, they signify the end of a series of performances in which the artist attended to his serendipitous encounters with the fragments picked out of the urban fabric.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 3, 2020-2021

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 3
2020-2021
Wood, nylon, steel, leather, beer caps
Approx. 338 x 150 x 93 cm | 133 1/8 x 59 x 36 5/8 inches

Price: 44,000 USD incl. VAT

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled Portable Sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 1, 2020-2021

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Untitled Portable Sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 1
2020-2021
Wood, nylon, plastic, rubber, steel, cotton, hair, glass
Approx. 350 x 135 x 113 cm | 137 6/8 x 53 1/8 x 44 1/2 inches

Price: 44,000 USD incl. VAT

The question of the relation between the body and the work of art is fundamental to Abraham Cruzvillegas’ thinking. In the present exhibition, he examines the notion of labor, understood figuratively as a “continuous process of transformation” of both the body and the œuvre.

The task is to trigger an encounter between two living things (the human body and matter) and observe the resulting mutual metamorphoses: how do the body and sculptures interact in the wanderings in town? How do they ply a bodily attitude or position when carried or handled?

Abraham Cruzvillegas, , 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 9
2020-2021
Wood, leather, steel, polyester, beer caps, nuts, concrete, stones
Approx. 385 x 180 x 110 cm | 151 5/8 x 70 7/8 x 43 2/8 inches

Price: 44,000 USD incl. VAT

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 6, 2020-2021

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 6
2020-2021
Wood, steel, plastic, cotton, hemp, rubber, steel, leather, Computer cable and keyboard, iron
Approx. 384 x 96 x 82 cm | 151 1/8 x 37 6/8 x 32 2/8 inches

Price: 44,000 USD incl. VAT

Produces during weeks before the exhibition’s opening, the monoprints attached to the gallery walls consist in colorful abstract motifs.

Made on a mirror, each drawings is transferred onto paper, then attached by means of beer capsules onto a plain wooden frame, with no protective glass. The capsules are thus used as ligatures between the materials representing the sculptures mentioned earlier.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 16, 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 16
2020
Monoprint in oil paint on paper, beer caps, wooden frame
84 x 59.4 cm | 33 1/8 x 23 3/8 inches || 91 x 66.3 x 4 cm | 35 7/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Price: 13,000 USD incl. VAT

Abraham Cruzvillegas, On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 11, 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 11
2020
Monoprint in oil paint on paper, beer caps, wooden frame
84 x 59.4 cm | 33 1/8 x 23 3/8 inches || 91 x 66.3 x 4 cm | 35 7/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Price: 13,000 USD incl. VAT

Abraham Cruzvillegas, On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 2, 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 2
2020
Monoprint in oil paint on paper, beer caps, wooden frame
84 x 59.4 cm | 33 1/8 x 23 3/8 inches || 91 x 66.3 x 4 cm | 35 7/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Price: 13,000 USD incl. VAT

For Abraham Cruzvillegas, the painted shapes of the monoprints represent a sort of projection of the sculptures prior to their creation. The straight and oblique lines reflect the angular geometry of each sculpture’s basic parts, while the curves reiterate the straps and handles allowing the artist to carry them on his back.

Neither sketches nor drafts, the repetitive nature of the prints also echoes the artist’s meditative urban footsteps.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 6, 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 6
2020
Monoprint in oil paint on paper, beer caps, wooden frame
84 x 59.4 cm | 33 1/8 x 23 3/8 inches || 91 x 66.3 x 4 cm | 35 7/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Price: 13,000 USD incl. VAT

Abraham Cruzvillegas, , 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces 1
2020
Monoprint in oil paint on paper, beer caps, wooden frame
84 x 59.4 cm | 33 1/8 x 23 3/8 inches || 91 x 66.3 x 4 cm | 35 7/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Price: 13,000 USD incl. VAT

In the series of works on paper entitled On the road of La Señora de Las Nueces, the body is involved once again not just by the printing technique, by its physicality, but also by the reflection of himself in the mirror, now transfigured into medium.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Untitled self portrait as La Señora de Las Nueces 1, 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Untitled self portrait as La Señora de Las Nueces 1
2020
Mirror, paint
100 x 150 cm | 39 3/8 x 59 inches

Price: 20,000 USD incl. VAT

Entitled La Señora de Las Nueces, a video in the exhibition shows the close-up of a woman’s hand —archeologist Patricia Carot, specialist in pre-Columbian Purepecha culture— using two stones to break a nut, then peeling it.

The almost instinctive familiarity of gestures allowing the fruit to be opened is like a replay of the original discovery of Señor de las Limas, found in in the 1960s.

Recorded by the artist, the short clip of the archeologist’s hand in action focuses the viewer’s attention on her movements. And while Cruzvillegas is intrigued by Patricia Carot’s reproduction of ancestral gestures, he is equally fascinated by the dialogue between body, stone and fruit.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, La Señora de Las Nueces, 2020

Abraham Cruzvillegas
La Señora de Las Nueces
2020
Color and sound video
0min48s
Edition 1/3 + 1 AP
Price: 10,000 USD incl. VAT

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Abraham Cruzvillegas, born in 1968, lives and works in Paris, where he teaches at the École des Beaux-Arts. His work, may it be performative, sculptural or pictural, is the expression of human reality itself: unstable, raw, contradictory, and unpredictable.


He has also participated in many great museum and institution exhibitions worldwide, such as the Aspen Art Museum, U.S.A. (2019); The Kitchen, New York, U.S.A. (2018); the Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2018); the Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France (2016); the Museo Jumex, Mexique (2014); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, U.S.A. (2013) or the Modern Art Oxford, U.K. (2011), or The Bass Museum in Miami, U.S.A., where his current project ‘Agua Dulce’ will be displayed until April, 2021.


Recent important biennials involve the Sharjah Biennal 12 (2015), the Documenta 13 (2012), the 9th Gwangju Biennial (2012) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

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