Upcoming Exhibition

Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Ballad of Etc.

September 12 - December 20

Assembling works from materials sourced in both Chicago and Michoacán, his ancestral home
in the West of Mexico, artist Abraham Cruzvillegas meditates on the nature of rootedness and
drift in The Ballad of Etc. Fabricated on site, the constructions draw upon the traditional
Mexican lacquer technique known as “maque” to produce new imagery that is juxtaposed with
found materials and products made by Chicago’s skilled workers—cast concrete, stone carving,
and carpentry. The assemblages take off from conceptual sketches drawn by the artist with
recurring motifs such as the intersecting circles of a Venn Diagram or linear
polyhedrons—forms that suggest a series of possible social structures. The migratory
connections between Chicago’s laboring class and Mexico’s indigenous peoples reflect in the
contingent nature of Cruzvillegas’s fabrications—each assume temporary configurations that
can be dismantled easily and then reassembled at will. Similar to the autoconstruccións, or self-
constructions, for which Cruzvillegas is known, this exhibition considers shelter and home by
questioning the value of repurposed resources. As Cruzvillegas explains, “these [elements]
compose a beautiful and problematic aesthetic discussion about borders, intolerance, and
society splitting.”

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