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Taking inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe's poem, "The Hymn", Tijuana Radiant Shine is composed of a puzzle-like installation of fourteen mixed media drawings on panel. The works are visual poems that depict the hopeful possibilities for a better future and the dichotomy of the reality that exists in this border city's daily life. The underdog and the underprivileged command a central place in Crosthwaite's work and to him they are the heroes of society. His Tijuana Radiant Shine drawings are deeply layered and capture the cultural tension of the border city with their references to history, mythology, technology, religion and pop culture. The men, women, and children who populate them dream of a better life in America but, in reality, often end up in low paying positions, separated from family and friends.
Shattered Mural is a floor installation of forty-three sculptural wall fragments that reference the recent abduction and murder of the 43 college students in the Mexican State of Guerrero. This tragic event has become a symbol for victims of institutional corruption and repressive regimes around the world. Unlike the Tijuana Radiant Shine panels, the sculpture fragments of Shattered Mural were created by deconstructing a mural into forty-three shards that when put back together would contribute to the whole.
Hugo Crosthwaite on the border and a sorrowful loss
Sharon Mizota, 29 May 2015, Los Angeles Times
Hugo Crosthwaite on Tijuana, Mexico's missing, the power
of comic books
Carolina A. Miranda, 29 May 2015, Los Angeles Times
Mario Cutajar, 15 June 2015, ArtScene
Tijuana-born artist contrasts dejection and optimism in powerful
Los Angeles exhibition . . .
Abraham Davies, 15 June 2015, Los Angeles Times
Lauren Buscemi, November 2015, Art Ltd.