"I create works of art that are beautiful. Not a beauty that duplicated the commonplace aesthetic molded by advertising and mass media imagery, but a personal intimate beauty. The depiction of human suffering and violence permeates by works. The works themselves are not violent, rather thoughtful and rife with seductive imagery. I explore the complexities of human expression, everything from alienation to acceptance and even celebration."
Hugo Crosthwaite, In Memoriam: Los Angeles
(Sepetember 6, 2017 – March 4, 2018)
Artist Hugo Crosthwaite combines his images of the everyday people form the local downtown area to paint a mural as performance. For approximately four weeks, Crosthwaite will work during the museum's open hours so visitors can observe. He will engage the public and allow the interactions to influence his work. Just as the reaches the end of the mural, he will begin to obscure it. At the end of the exhibition's run, Crosthwaite will completely whitewash his own painting.
Hugo Crosthwaite, Shattered Mural
(Sepetember 6, 2017 - March 4, 2017)
Shattered Mural is a floor installation of forty-three sculptural fragments that reference the abduction and murder of the 43 college students in 2014 in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. This tragic event became an international symbol for victims of institutional corruption and repressive regimes around the world. The individual fragments of Shattered Mural were created by deconstructing a mural (painted with acrylic paint on wood) into forty-three shards that when put back together would contribute to the whole.