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Angela de la Cruz | the artist






The artist Angela de la Cruz
Born 1965, , Spain.
Lives and works in London, UK.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,


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At first glance, de la Cruz's paintings appear to have been vandalised or flagrantly abused. Mangled stretchers, slashed canvases, twisted and violated, are hung on the wall like macabre trophies, and yet it is this deliberate and systematic desecration of the canvases, which informs the end result. Emotionally raw, yet canny and sharply ironic, de la Cruz confronts the 'problem' with painting by incorporating its very destruction into the work itself. "The moment I cut through the canvas I get rid of the grandiosity of painting."Violent, unapologetic and often darkly humorous, her work unabashedly exposes a visceral emotionalism, breaking the barriers of the established norms of painting. Implicit is the sense that a scene of frenetic violent activity has just taken place leaving in its wake the strangely paradoxical feeling of spent energy and a sense of calm; a visual catharsis...

Angela de la Cruz's paintings are rumbustious, tragicomic and sometimes abject affairs. A canvas sits in a chair and admires its twin on the wall. Both paintings are brown, scuzzy monochromes, and the one in the chair has got mangled in its attempt to sit down. The stretcher has been broken, and the painting is wedged into the seat. De la Cruz's Self (1997) is a gag about reverie and narcissism, about paintings as objects and paintings as images, and about paintings as beings. Painting looks at painting, lost in thought. But they are just things of wood and canvas and paint; it's more a case of the dumb staring at the dumb...

It takes a certain audacity to play around with the medium of painting. It is, after all, the most traditional and solemn of art forms. When artist Angela de la Cruz became exhausted with the illusion of the picture-plane, she found her starting point for a redefinition of its limits and representations. The results of her daring quest can be seen in a first solo show which questions the status of painting and playfully deconstructs it to reveal mankind’s troubled relationship with the world...

De la Cruz questions the status of painting, its solemnity and its authority, by employing and subverting the language of Modernism. Monochromes and Minimalist abstract works are disrupted physically; torn, broken, folded and taken from their stretchers...