Hugo Crosthwaite

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Hugo Crosthwaite
1971-
Borderlands No. 3
2022
Graphite, charcoal, and acrylic on museum board.
24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)
Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee
2022.69
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The artist (Pierogi, NY)
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Crosthwaite's artistic practice is centered on drawing, from large murals executed in public spaces to small drawings mixing observation and fantasy. Based in Tijuana, Mexico, the busiest border with the United States, Crosthwaite devotes most of his work to the subject of human migration and its related themes of hope and violence. The sources of his style and imagery range from nineteenth-century painting (Goya, Delacroix, Gustave Doré) and Surrealism, to comic books, cartoons, and street signage. Borderlands No. 3 belongs to a series combining realistic invocations of Tijiuana with superimposed, cartoony imagery -- here large feet representing the migrant population. A tall billboard seen from the back at center symbolizes U.S. colonization, though seen from a backstage point of view. Its topical subject links it to the long tradition of drawings made to convey social or political messages.

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