Abraham Cruzvillegas, ‘Observatorio oriente (Eastern Observatory)’, 2003, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
At the core of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ artistic practice is an interest in found objects. Considered one of Mexico’s most important contemporary artists, Cruzvillegas’ interest in modest materials stems from his upbringing in Colonia Ajusco, a largely unplanned and impoverished part of southern Mexico City. Due to the lack of infrastructure in Colonia Ajusco, many of the residents including Cruzvillegas’ parents were forced to build their own homes and survive with minimal resources. In the present lot, the artist utilizes a large beeswax candle wire and paper clippings to create a dynamic composition. In using found materials, Cruzvillegas not only provides social commentary on the ever expanding urban sprawl of Mexico City, but also elevates quotidian objects to the level of artistic materials. Furthermore, the artist forces the viewer to reevaluate the definition of beauty when contemplating the seemingly mundane. Abraham Cruzvillegas was the first Mexican artist to create an installation for the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern and his work is held in important museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art.
Courtesy of Phillips

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Latin American Experience Gala Auction, 2005 (donated by the artist)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Abraham Cruzvillegas

Inspired by the civic-minded and resourceful Ajusco neighborhood in Mexico City where he grew up, Abraham Cruzvillegas creates sculptures, films, and installations that demonstrate the interconnectedness of people and things. Working under the rubric of “Autoconstrucción,” Cruzvillegas employs such common materials as scarves, pieces of fruit, animal feces, and handmade crafts to create a folk art aesthetic. His AC Mobile (2008)—a vehicle made with objects including modified bicycles, a car stereo, video projector, and a tea flask—reflects the DIY nature of both Cruzvillegas’s art and the artist’s ever-shifting identity.

Mexican, b. 1968, Mexico City, Mexico, based in Mexico