The Mexican artist creates installations that transform simple objects into powerful works of art

The Mexican artist Ivan Puig creates installations using simple objects that show the “transformative power of art, political and creative, that offers specific and tangible results but also sublime and subtle effects.” Puig’s entire production expresses this belief in the potential of art to make the spectator think and question what they think they know.

Hasta las Narices// Fed up. 2004

His work is hard to describe. Each installation is constructed from hybrid formal solutions that make a whole but have little weight on their own. He uses simple objects to create narratives about social, economic and political problems. Subtle, complex and utterly intelligent, the pieces hide layers of meaning normally hinted at by their titles.

SEFT-1 / 2006-2013 project in collaboration with Andrés Padilla Domene. Spacecraft for researching the abandoned railways and the modern project ruins. In the image: Seft-1 over Metlac Bridge, Veracruz, México.

The objects serve as starting points for new ideas and new possibilities that he invents. The ideas are taken to their primary essence, to the last consequence, to truly convey a coherent message that the viewer must first unravel.

Parallantos 2009 Umbrellas opens suddenly causing an intriguing noise every time that somebody dies for violent causes in Mexico and Colombia. (about every 13 minutes) according to statistics. The work was originally presented in Colombia

His goal is make the spectator stop and think and to cause him to question even doubt itself. But he confesses that his favourite part is when the spectators finally smile when the meaning of the piece “explodes in their interior”, revealing the complex and almost metaphysical message.

Galvanómetros Estadísticos // Statistic Galvanometers. 2009. Disused galvanometers measuring data like the cost of an oil barrel, US/MXN currency relation and the kilos of tortillas you can buy with a dollar through a period of 16 years of uneven economy.



All images are courtesy of the artist and all rights reserved.