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Tate Modern: London

Magazine article Sculpture

Tate Modern: London

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Tate Modern

London

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Through April 3, 2016

Cruzvillegas's thought-provoking arrangements of disparate, apparently unrelated objects employ everything from feathers and studio props to bowling balls, candles, leaves, and other everyday finds. The raw energy that pervades his work typically re-creates the chaotic life of Mexico City's streets, flirting with popular culture, advertising, and flea markets, but Empty Lot, his new installation for Turbine Hall, casts a critical eye on London. Like his long-running project Autoconstrucción, or self-construction, Empty Lot operates as a metaphor for individual identity and the unfinished, changing character of place, though the message here registers as a protest, almost a rebellion, against first world values, injecting at least a semblance of revitalizing volatility into a city stifled by wealth-a sense only reinforced by the work's earlier title, Tierra y Libertad. …

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