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
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
Version with Passport
Complicated Beauty. Hybrid of a Chrysler at the Tampa Museum of Art
Times of Intuition. Hybrid of a Chrysler at the 57th 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
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
The Cuban Arts Group / ESTERIOSTUDIO
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR / CONCEPTO EDITORIAL
EDITED BY / EDICIÓN
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
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