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Abraham Cruzvillegas' work centres on a dialogue between objects and their social and economic relationships and histories. Abraham Cruzvillegas is best known for his sculptural use of everyday object, circumstances and vernacular and improvisatory architecture. His work, centered on a dialogue between objects and their social, economic and historical significance, is both a declaration and a protestation, playing on various modalities of abstraction and representation, improvisation and intentionality, you bring forward the treasures of pedestrian walks and the left-overs of scavenging hunts to help us see our surroundings anew. Since his first solo exhibition Reciclaje (Recycle) in 1990 we have encountered his work in solo and group exhibitions held across Europe, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and more recently Asia. For almost two decades, Cruzvillegas has steadily and rigorously honed an aesthetic vocabulary that treats the most humble and common of materials with the careful attention of geologist to render collections of urban debris and organic materials assembled into handsome, ephemeral constructions. In doing so, Cruzvillegas’ work pays homage to the ethereal, to time, in a plastic investigation that he has called “auto-construcci?n,” which roughly translated in English to “self-building.” Different to the individualist motto “do-it-yourself,” auto-construcci?n as he has stated “starts with the place you find yourself” and revolves around the activity of unearthing and uncovering of the self. Abraham Cruzvillegas studied pedagogy at the UNAM (Universidad Aut?noma de Mexico) and engaged in material questions in the studio of Gabriel Orozco during the early 1980s. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including: Atelier Calder. Artist Residency in 2005; Altadis Contemporary Art Prize in 2006; the Residency at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbria, Italy in 2007; a residency at Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., and Artist Research Fellowship at Cove Park, Scotland in 2008. More recently he was in residency at Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco and is currently a resident of the distinguished DAAD Artists in Berlin Residency Program.

Abraham Cruzvillegas was born in 1968 in Mexico City, and lives and works in Mexico and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2010); kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2010); Thomas Dane, London (2009); Californian College of the Arts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); Redcat, Los Angeles (2009); The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2008); Museo de Arte Contempor?neo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico (2005). He participated in the 10th Havana Biennal (2009), 50th Venice Biennial (2003) and the 25th Sao Paulo Biennial (2002). Cruzvillegas is currently presenting elements of the Autoconstrucci?n project on Level 5 at Tate Modern as part of the Energy and Process displays until March 2012.