LINEA - ESCA...
Graphite and charcoal on wood panels
Hugo Crosthwaite's large-scale urban drawings convey a sense of chaos and improvisation indigenous to his native Tijuana. His panoramic views are evocative rather than actual, reflecting an emotional response rather than a specific location. The multifaceted planes and floating texts represent the haphazard architecture and lack of urban planning characteristic of this border city. While the scale of his works and the narrative content are indebted to the great Mexican muralists, Crosthwaite also inserts classical imagery, 19th-century emotional turbulence, and abstract elements. He considers the finished product "to be a vision of [his] in which history, mythology and abstraction collide."