The sculptural assemblages of Abraham Cruzvillegas often appear precarious, fragile, and haphazard, creating a heightened awareness of their fragility — and a fear of tripping over a taught rope or delicately balanced chair. Cruzvillegas, however, does not share viewers’ precious attitudes toward his art objects. In his performances, most of these Rube Goldberg machine-like installations, which string together found materials, become percussive instruments or dynamic objects that spin into motion with the help of choreography and musical accompaniment. One such sculptural performance is coming to Chelsea this week.
At the Kitchen, Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist… will feature a sculpture Cruzvillegas is assembling from materials gathered on the streets of West Chelsea — an area in the midst of a major construction boom of high-end office and condo buildings. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, choreographer Bárbara Foulkes will perform an improvised, aerial dance, a duet of sorts with Cruzvillegas’s suspended sculpture, with musical accompaniment by Andrés García Nestitla.
“Autoconstrucción is about scarcity, solutions and ingenuity … how you can conceive a philosophy of life that you can make something out of nothing,” the artist has said of this project, which debuted in his hometown of Mexico City last year. “That is also a metaphor for identity … we are constantly transforming ourselves.” For those seeking further insight into the processes and ideas informing the liftoff of this unwieldy sculpture, Cruzvillegas will discuss the work with co-curator Tim Griffin at 5pm on Saturday.
When: Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm; Saturday, April 7 at 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm (artist talk Saturday at 5pm)
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
More info at the Kitchen.