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This is the first large scale one person show by this acclaimed young artist. Cruz’s work uses a variety of media including slide projections, texts, performance, drawings and sculpture. Drawing on his Spanish childhood and current home in the East End of London Cruz’s work engages with a changing sense of place and the art of storytelling and translating. The work in the exhibition explores, among other things, an eerily deserted Spanish fishing village whose evocative buildings gradually reveal a wealth of hidden histories, and the theatrical nature of the gallery space with its potential transformation into a mischievous classroom, a fascinating library or anxious waiting room where unexpected experiences might unfold. In his work Cruz uses the textures and colours of the gallery walls, as well as its acoustics and sense of light, engaging the viewer in a heightened experience of the space they are in as well as creating new imaginary realms.
Juan Cruz will be the Kettle’s Yard/Girton College Artist Fellow in 1999-2000.
October 2 – November 7 1999
Alongside the Cruz exhibition was a display of new paintings by Stephen Chambers, made in Cambridge as the 1998-99 Kettle’s Yard/Downing College Artist Fellow.