Book

Art Book "Hybrid of a Chrysler. A Provocation to Fly"

A Work of Art by Esterio Segura 

Limited edition of 500

Each volume includes a signed and numbered original drawing:

Hybrid of a Chrysler. Infinite Flight, 2021

Mixed media on cardboard. 11 x 11 1⁄2 in.

 

 

Hybrid of a Chrysler. A Provocation to Fly by Gabriela Azcuy

“Hybrid of a Chrysler” is a peculiar traveler. This hybrid of a vintage limousine with the wings of an airplane has had many adventures and exploits. All in the name of travel, it has changed its body, remade its wings, and been made into paintings, drawings, prints and photographs.

 

Esterio Segura created this sculpture installation in 2003 􀄽􀄻􀄻􀄾 and at times it may seem that the work is his alter ego. The most complex and absurd difficulties have not been able to stop the traveling performance of “Hybrid…” –no matter the circumstances, it has found the way forward. The sculpture is in continual transformation and adaptation, always ready to dialogue with the diverse public and places where it lands, despite its supposed inability to fly. Like all art, it evokes many readings, but one seems consistent: “everything is possible.”

 

This catalog narrates the adventures of the sculpture from its creation until now. The story of the work is constructed through a discourse that weaves together dissimilar points of view from across a spectrum of perspectives. This attempt to recognize the work as a phenomenon of communication across countless and diverse distances, both physical and perceived, is  expressed in a neutral journalistic voice enhanced by three subjective perspectives: the artist’s voice, the specialized critics’ opinions, and the viewer’s gaze. The book is structured in sections that guide the reader through the origins of Esterio’s investigations into travel, machines and hybrids; then, like a roadtrip movie, travels to all the places the work has visited.

 

With the publication of this first catalogue book, Esterio is celebrating his fifty years of life. Conceived as an extension of the work itself, the book is a limited edition that includes an original and signed drawing by the artist. The drawing is independent of the book, allowing “Hybrid of a Chrysler” to once more be experienced from another platform, thus further multiplying the work’s travels and meanings.

 

“Hybrid’s...” travels are not over yet as reflected by the catalog itself which offers no conclusions. Through its narration, it extends an invitation to enjoy a work that reflects the eternal relationship between humans and travel, a provocation to fly.

 

Table of Contents

 

Hybrid of a Chrysler. A Provocation to Fly

I

Notes on a Journey

Interview with Esterio Segura

Hybrid of a Chrysler and Not Everything that Flies Can Be Eaten

Everyone Wanted to Fly. Hybrid of a Chrysler at the 􀅃8th Havana Biennial and Other Adventures

II

Version with Passport

Complicated Beauty. Hybrid of a Chrysler at the Tampa Museum of Art

Times of Intuition. Hybrid of a Chrysler at the 57􀅀􀅂th Venice Biennale

From the Island to the World. Hybrid of a Chrysler at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Cuban Ingenuity. Hybrid of a Chrysler at Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

III

The Light Will Remain. Hybrid of a Chrysler in the Graphic Works of Esterio Segura

Impulse and Possibility of Travel in the Work of Esterio Segura

 

IV

Esterio Segura

The Cuban Arts Group / ESTERIOSTUDIO

Photo Credits

Acknowledgments

Credits

 

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR / CONCEPTO EDITORIAL

Gabriela Azcuy

 

EDITED BY / EDICIÓN

Gabriela Rey

 

TEXTS BY / TEXTOS

Gabriela Azcuy, David Horta, Gabriela Rey, Esterio Segura

 

PROOF-READING / CORRECCIÓN

English (inglés): Noel Smith

Spanish (español): Gabriela Rey

 

ENGLISH TRANSLATION / TRADUCCIÓN AL INGLÉS

Noel Smith

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN / DISEÑO

Dieiker Bernal, Anabel Medina

 

CONSULTANTS / CONSULTANTES

Anne Gilroy, Lucía González Makowski, Joanna Robotham

 

SPECIAL COLLABORATORS / COLABORADORES ESPECIALES

Esterio Segura, Susie Rice, Mitchell Rice

 

PRODUCED BY / PRODUCCIÓN

The Cuban Arts Group, ESTERIOSTUDIO