Coinciding with the US elections on November 3rd 2020, artist Stefan Brüggemann will unveil a new public artwork on the US / Mexico Border at Tijuana, Baja California, titled ‘Truth / Lie’ on view to the public until January 10th. A red, white and blue neon piece, the work will be installed on the roof of a building known as ‘the tunnel house’ in Tijuana which served as an illegal physical connection between the two countries.
His choice of the site appeals to the effervescent relationship that has existed for centuries between Mexico and the United States – acting as a wry intervention in a billboard space above the building, inviting passersby to look up and question the messages they are being inundated with at this pivotal moment in global politics.
Brüggemann’s work addresses a world in which the distinction between signal and noise has collapsed: in his words, ‘I feel I am at the traffic lights but all of the lights are shining’. As we move further into the information age, the mass reproduction of words and images is eroding language and fracturing objectivity. This public art installation intervenes in our architectural landscape offering a discreet reminder of the crafted misinformation that we navigate every day.
Spanning – and sometimes combining – sculpture, video, painting, and drawing, Stefan Brüggemann’s work deploys text in conceptual installations rich with acerbic social critique and a post pop aesthetic. Born in Mexico City and working between Mexico and London, his work is characterized by an ironic conflation of Conceptualism and Minimalism. In this way, Brüggemann’s practice sits outside the canon of the conceptual artists practising in the 1960s and 1970s, who sought dematerialisation and rejected the commercialisation of art. Instead, his aesthetic is refined and luxurious, whilst maintaining a punk attitude..
Truth / Lie is presented by Pequod Arts www.truthlie.com