Getting to grips with process
An eclectic exhibition from the collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz
By Juliana Accioly. From Art Basel Miami Beach daily edition
Published online: 05 December 2013
Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz’s exhibition “From the Collection: Looking at Process” is an extended documentary that uses a wide range of media, patterns and processes to trace evolutions in contemporary art. Housed in the couple’s 30,000 sq. ft gallery in the Design District, the exhibition is an eclectic display of work by more than 20 contemporary artists, with the space transformed to serve as an integral component of the show’s narrative.
“For this year’s exhibition, we gave considerable thought to different ways in which to reimagine our space,” says Ibett Yanez, the director of the collection. “Understanding the works in the collection and responding to changes in current art practices helped to guide our decisions. Some of the works were installed working together with the artists.”
The show—a constellation of multiple pieces by various artists—takes visitors through a series of topics and compositions. According to Yanez, the meaning of each piece is enhanced by its contact with others works. “We are creating a dialogue between a group of artists who approach painting and sculpture through multiple processes,” she says. “Through their experimentation, these artists are defining contemporary culture as they see it.”
Highlights of the show include work by artists such as Rob Pruitt, Tauba Auerbach and Dan Colen. Pruitt’s playful drawings are at once realistic and fantastic—a direct expression of his vibrant, strong world view. For California native Auerbach, the fashioning of her abstract art involves the bending, melding and distorting of materials, which she brings together into new forms. Colen’s work is known for the duplicity of meaning it gives to ordinary objects and shapes.
In addition to the show, Infinite Source, a site-specific installation by Miami native Cristina Lei Rodriguez, is on display in the gallery’s project room.
“We are experiencing a resurgence in American art, and defining this moment is important in keeping the collection relevant,” Yanez says. “We hope that visitors respond to our exhibitions in the same way we conceive them; with intellectual freedom and a personal and passionate dedication to art.”
From the Collection: Looking at Process, De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, 23 NE 41st Street, Miami (until 6 December). Opening hours: 9am-3pm. Website: www.delacruzcollection.org
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