|What surprises me about Raúl de la Cruz’s photographic series, "La Casa" is not the innovation of his topic – a survey of the residence he called home for ten years—but the acute and arresting observation with which he describes this otherwise familiar terrain. Madrid-based photographer de la Cruz has made within the accumulations of these rooms a telling and original appraisal of the articles and environment defining his domicile. Pared to a stark and vivid depiction of surface and stuff, he composes images that distill the marks and materials of life, of time shared and soon to be no more. In his deft use of color and balance of precisely seen detail with abstracted order, he evokes a sense of place, and expresses through items of everyday element a feeling that is particular, persuasive, and mutedly vibrant. De la Cruz’s photographs captivate with the parameters of a life lived, along with the offer of possibilities anew.
Edward Robinson, Los Angeles County Museum of Art