ARTBEAT: "In A Dark Manner: 1998-2005" - Exhibition Review
May 5, 2005
Michael Mills, New Times: Broward-Palm Beach
The drawings of Mexican painter Hugo Crosthwaite borrow from plenty of disparate sources: José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican novelétas, Baroque figuration, daguerreotype, and the Mexican fascination with death. Imagine this narrative against the hackneyed urban landscapes of contemporary Tijuana, a surrealist collage of decay and misery -- as if out of Paco Ignacio Taibo's noir novels. Crosthwaite's explorations of today's actual issues in Pescadores
(dealing with prostitution on the U.S.-Mexican border), Beso Fingido
(looking at transvestism), or in his Bartolomé
(refracting the Abu Ghraib scandal) are momentous and -- against all this human drama -- even hopeful.