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by Todd Camplin
An estimated 35,000 people visited the Dallas Aurora event in the Arts District this
year. One of the more impactful artists invited to show his work among the many
other exhibitors was Angel Cabrales. I have had the pleasure of talking with him
about his work at length over the years. I would like to share his insight and my
take about this show and his career after his graduate studies.
|Angel Cabrales follows a rich tradition of artists that make political and social statements. Take
|Take the issue of borders. At his home in El Paso, the wall between nations has only bred mistrust
and resentment on both sides. Cabrales sees the playground as a place where children of all
nationalities, race, or class can play together. The problem is that this kind of liberty is sacrificed
in the name of false security. Cabrales’ newly fabricated playground has been fenced off,
security cameras lord over the place, bright lights pollute the sky, and wires have been
added to secure the playground. This repells and in most cases makes the playground
unusable. Relationships have no way of being built in this kind of climate. These fences
and security measures reflect a militaristic American attitude toward it’s Mexican neighbor.
For the first time, Cabrales displayed his complete playground set, titled Juegos Fronteras.
He has shown these works before in separate venues; once simultaneously in Mexico and
the United States.