Situated somewhere between painting and sculpture, the work of London-based artist Angela de la Cruz stems from a feeling of exhaustion with painting as a medium. “My starting point was deconstructing painting… One day I took the cross bar out and the painting bent. From that moment on, I looked at the painting as an object.”
De la Cruz questions painting’s solemn and authoritative status, tearing, crushing and breaking canvases and stretchers. Titles such as Homeless, Ashamed or Deflated reveal the work’s human qualities and emotions. De la Cruz’s work is not an outpouring of anxiety, but an expression of an inexhaustible determination in a hostile world, where even the gallery seems unsympathetic; crushing and trapping works in doorways or corners.
Angela de la Cruz was born in La Coruña, Spain and moved to London in 1989. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College and completed an MA in Sculpture and Critical Theory at the Slade School of Art in 1996. The exhibition at Camden Arts Centre will include works especially created for the architecture of the galleries, new paintings and works not previously exhibited in London. This is her first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery.