This and That: Angel Cabrales and David Avalos

by Jessica Fuentes February 21, 2023

“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. See past “This and That” posts here. – Ed.

Today: Weaponized childhood objects

An installation image of a swingset and a child's merry-go-round altered to include chain-link fence, security cameras, and barbed wire.

Angel Cabrales, “Juegos Fronteras: Swingset Penitentiary,” 2013, installation. On view at Centro de Artes, San Antonio, 2023.


A photograph of a hanging metal sculpture by David Avalos, made to look like a traditional star-shaped piñata.

David Avalos, “The Bullet-Proof Piñata,” 1995, wood, sheet lead, escutcheon pins, hardware, and chain. On view at Ruby City, San Antonio, 2023.



No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan

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