Walls have been a recurring motif in the works of Mexico City–based artist Pablo Rasgado. In his ongoing “Extractions” series, 2006–, Rasgado produces found paintings by lifting off sections of splattered, graffitied, or scuffed walls in outdoor urban spaces using a centuries-old fresco restoration technique called strappo. Unlike other artists who have also taken surfaces found in the streets as subject matterfor example, Brassaï, who made uncanny photographs of scratched drawings and pockmarked surfaces in the streets of midcentury ParisRasgado extracts physical segments of facades, preserving and presenting a range of indexical traces, from declarations of political protest to unintentional marks left by anonymous dwellers of his home city. In his more recent series “Unfolded Architecture,” 2007–, Rasgado repurposes used slabs of drywall from venues where he has
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