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Mixografia is a fine arts printer and publisher based in Los Angeles, California. Mixografia® expands the realm of printmaking by using handmade paper to incorporate dimensionality and relief into a traditionally two-dimensional medium. We aim to provide every artist with a collaborative and enriching experience, accommodating each artist’s unique style and vision. We strive to create new possibilities in contemporary printmaking by bringing creative energy to each new project.

 

With our 2021 IFPDA Spring Print Fair exhibition, we are pleased to feature Icharhuta, a 2017 edition by Abraham Cruzvillegas. The artist synthesizes vast constructions from his personal memory and a larger cultural story to the size of a banknote and a folded paper boat.

 

Primarily known for his large-scale Autoconstrucciones, Cruzvillegas’ process of deconstruction and reconstruction is a running thread through his assemblage works. Cruzvillegas lays bare the inner mechanics of the built environment, underscoring the ever-changing edifices of culture, history, and personal identity. His creations draw from a sense of times past, a manifesting present, and an unknown future, walking the line between autobiography and anthropology. With Icharhuta and accompanying artworks by Chun Kwang-Young and Kcho, the exhibition considers islands and aggregates, looking toward the collective in times of fragmentation. Chun Kwang-Young’s Aggregations consist of texts printed on mulberry paper that have been deconstructed and reassembled, a transformation and assemblage akin to Cruzvillegas’ intricate constructions. Kcho’s images of swimmers and rowboats speak to the experience of being surrounded by the sea, sharing similar sentiments with Icharhuta as to the importance of water and using the materials at hand to stay afloat.

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Detail of Icharhuta by Abraham Cruzvillegas, 2017

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My intention obviously has to do with the economy, with the origin of printmaking as a means of art reproduction that might be pasted on the wall in the form of a poster; or in the hand of a person as a receipt, guarantee or credit on an object or piece of property.

We rarely remember that paper money always carries a precious and meticulous work of drawing, engraving and printmaking that we reduce to its exchange value, forgetting its communicative or aesthetic potential. In the case of this particular bill, it alludes to images that reference my ancestor’s land, history and traditions in Michoacan, in the west of Mexico.

The two sides of the banknote, studied a little more thoroughly, and referring to the present time, lead to complex concepts. These notions can be taken anywhere in the world, anywhere you randomly choose, there will always be a problematic circumstance in our relationship with the natural resources, which are not isolated from the economy, politics, history, society, colonialism, migration, art.
What else can I say?

Abraham Cruzvillegas, artist, on Ichàrhuta

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Ichárhuta

2017

12.75 X 7.5 in

Mixografia® print on handmade paper and archival pigment print

Original publisher

Edition of 49

$3,000

Kwang-Young Chun

Aggregation 10 #1

2010

19 X 24 in

Mixografía® print on handmade paper

Original publisher

Edition of 25

$4,000

Kwang-Young Chun

Aggregation 12_JN_02

2012

26.75 X 38.5 in

Mixografía® print on handmade paper

Original publisher

Edition of 40

$7,000

Kcho

Sin Titulo

2013

34 X 50 in

Mixografía® print on handmade paper

Original publisher

Edition of 60

$3,500

Abraham Cruzvillegas at Mixografia, working on Icharhuta, 2017

Kcho

El Nadador

2013

34 X 50 in

Mixografía® print on handmade paper

Original publisher

Edition of 60

Abraham Cruzvillegas at Mixografia, working on Icharhuta, 2017

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Ichárhuta

12.75 X 7.5 in

Mixografia® print on handmade paper and archival pigment print

Edition of 49

$3,000

Kwang-Young Chun

Aggregation 10 #1

19 X 24 in

Mixografía® print on handmade paper

Edition of 25

$4,000

Kwang-Young Chun

Aggregation 12_JN_02

26.75 X 38.5 in

Mixografía® print on handmade paper

Edition of 40

$7,000

Kcho

Sin Titulo

34 X 50 in

Mixografía® print on handmade paper

Edition of 60

$3,500