Adam Cruces, Watermelon, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 15 3/4 × 11 3/4".

Adam Cruces


Adam Cruces, Watermelon, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 15 3/4 × 11 3/4".

Sometimes moving forward requires looking back. This seems to be the case for Adam Cruces, whose recent exhibition “Pastel” was spawned from one of the artist’s earliest works. Still Life, 1993, 1993/2016, a remake of a pastel done when Cruces was all of eight years old, is a far cry from the slick multimedia art for which the Houston-born, Zurich-based artist is known. Presented in a traditional gilded frame, Cruces’s textbook still life features an overflowing fruit basket with a knife and a metal pitcher arranged on red drapery. The studious composition conjures a vision of the young artist laboring over fabric folds and peach fuzz while attempting to master perspective and chiaroscuro. Revisiting his nascent artistic experience more than twenty years later, Cruces has found new ways to resolve and refresh the genre of still life.

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