Force and Form continues the de la Cruz Collection’s ongoing study of the history of the collection and its scope. In a survey of over 100 works from 48 artists, spanning over three decades, this year’s exhibition further explores contemporary visual culture, as revealed through the vision of collectors Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz.
The exhibition brings together pivotal works from the collection to create a dialogue addressing a shift in artistic, as well as cultural, practice and form. The works respond to current issues of identity, gender, class, power, and the values that define our social fabric. The use of everyday materials and recycled imagery challenge traditional practices of sculpture, installation, and painting, while addressing the interaction between the human and mechanical gesture.
Reacting to the accelerating force of advancements in global communication technology, new modes of production are reshaping the way in which these artists employ original mark making, digital language, and other non-traditional and commercial means of fabrication. Media is freely deconstructed, pushing the boundaries of high-art towards new possibilities.