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.
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.
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.
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.
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