Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Angela de la Cruz’s iconoclastic approach to the history of painting turns a repertoire of destructive acts into a creative process… The artist’s violent and potentially cathartic practice may also be interpreted as a contemporary reworking (and, possibly, reclaiming) of the machismo of action painting. Even when these works leave the wall, and indeed their stretchers, they remain integrally connected to painterly tradition. They feed off each other (many works combine the elements of previously separate canvases) but also from the lineage of painters and paintings that have come before them.
Kelly Gellatly on Angela de la Cruz for ‘Soft Sculpture’, National Gallery of Australia, 2009.
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