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Public Service


With Public Service, CB Hoyo takes us into a bureaucratic workstation, an office environment where everything looks decadent and slow, from the furniture to the clothes of the ASS, the Authentication Service Specialist. The installation/performance piece is typically constructed from a mixture of found objects, paper stampers, embosser seals, prints, and artworks. The protagonist of this installation is a precarious paper shredder that conveys a sense of overwhelming destructive force, both inviting and repelling the audience to interact with it. 

The artist's allusion to bureaucracy and the use of found objects is deeply rooted in personal experiences and historical events. Cuban, by birth, throughout his entire life, Hoyo has been trapped in the labyrinths of arduous and seemingly endless processes of obtaining documents and the right approvals done. Whatever materials and processes CB Hoyo used to create his installation, the main force behind it was to work through self-criticism and personal memories. These happenings are not specific but a remembrance of the obstructions and corrupt practices that Cuban people face. 

Hoyo describes the initial concept for the work as a social experiment where the viewer, for some inner reason – whether due to admiration, greed, or hate – would destroy or collect the greatest possible number of prints, 10,000 mere copies of an original work. 

To further present his audience with the reflective query of art versus nonart, Hoyo has elaborated a comically time-consuming and complicated red-tape authentication system. If requested by the audience, each surviving print will adhere to a category of stamps and seals. These include discrepancies in shape, style, and engraving. 

What Hoyo is trying to observe is how an audience relates, reacts, and values art. Is it justifiable to destroy the prints under the impression of some being artwork, or not? Who is willing to be caught in the spider's web of bureaucracy for short-term personal gain? Who sets the artistic value? Who sets the worth of art? How responsible is the audience in shaping the art world's future? This interactive experience stands as evidence of the link between personal experiences and universal ideas in art. It relies on the participation of its visitors, whose reflection would reveal a microcosm of a contemporary value system.