Abstraction At Work

Conceived by artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz in 2009, Abstraction at Work is an entity dedicated to the inquiry and redeployment of abstraction’s functions through projects ranging from temporary installations to social practice and curatorial experiments. Abstraction at Work infiltrates territories, traversing borders that might attempt to restrict her areas of operation. Always in the process of becoming and under construction, like a democracy, or a developing country, Abstraction at Work brings the event of social practice and abstraction together for a dance.

Abstraction’s etymology from late Latin, abstrahere, is to separate, to draw away. In its uncompounded root form, trahere has a wider set of meanings, including to take on, assume, acquire. It means to draw together, bring together, draw along, to attract, to allure. To manufacture. To ponder, consider. It also refers to time, as in: to protract, to draw out, drag out, linger through, extend, prolong, lengthen, delay. Abstraction at Work brings these dimensions at the root of abstraction into work.