Six questions for
Adam Cruces

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Adam Cruces.

Artist Adam Cruces
Lives in Zürich, Switzerland

How do you describe your own art practice?

I would describe my practice as a loose cannon, shooting all over the map, always operating under the same umbrella.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

While my work has certain themes that function as ongoing elements, there are two questions that I consider quite important when I think about myself and the viewer. How can I keep the work feeling fresh? How do I create an engaging experience?

What was your first experience with art?

My first experience was creating a still life with dry pastels from observation in 1993 at 8 years old.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

In general, my past experiences. But practically anything might serve as a motivator. Could be an idea I’ve had on my mind, a material I want to explore, an invitation to respond to parameters provided by a specific context, a movie I recently saw, a book I read, a song I heard, or a mundane occurrence while taking a walk.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Ideas, time, space, and energy (and money).

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

The most recent pleasant surprise I had was ‘Tabletop’ by Charles Ray at La Bourse de Commerce in Paris. It’s a sculpture that consists of a normal wooden table with a few ordinary items on top. A plate, a bowl, a cup, a pitcher, a vase of flowers. If you spend a moment with the piece, you notice that each of those objects is rotating very slowly on the tabletop, almost imperceptibly.

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