Abraham Cruzvillegas at Kurimanzutto

Mexican conceptual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas is usually known for his work with found objects, but his latest show in Mexico city, “Nuestra Imagen Actual: Autorretratos Recientes” (Our Actual Image: Recent Self-portraits) sees him going back to a more primal form of artmaking.

The gallery space is filled with large gestural drawings of different primates, an animal that interests the artist for its genetic proximity with humans (he can relate many of their characteristics to himself or members of his family) as well as for being used symbolically in Mexican history (military bosses being called Gorillas or a Mexican president nicknamed “El chango”,  meaning monkey in Spanish).

Cruzvillegas did the 4x3m drawings on painted kraft paper, using a broom and forgoing corrections, thus leaving them to their most primal form.

At Kurimanzutto in Mexico city, until Feb 25, 2012.


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