Alexandre Arrechea, Metropolitan Tower 2010
A former member of the collective Los Carpinteros, Alexandre Arrechea has been carving his own niche in the contemporary art radar since leaving the group in 2003. And his work is definitely being noticed. Last March, he showed a large-scale public art project in Times Square titled Black Sun, a 3D animated wrecking ball that continuously hits the NASDAQ Billboard. His work deals with our obsession with control, surveillance systems and the power structures.
Alexandre Arrechea, Dancing Bacardi 2010
Arrechea’s first solo project was The Garden of Mistrust, an epic installation in Los Angeles that required two years (2003-2005) from conception to completion. The central piece of the work was a whitewashed aluminum tree whose branches were outfitted with video cameras – “surveillance cameras,” as Arrechea saw it – which recorded spectators and broadcast them on the Internet. Now Arrechea seems to be more interested in representing power structures and using his large scale installations to explore ideas concerning the ways we approach a work of art.
Alexandre Arrechea, Orange Tree 2010
Alexandre Arrechea was born in Trinidad, Cuba, in 1970. He graduated from the “Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)” in Havana in 1994. He was a member of the Collective Los Carpinteros, comprised of artists Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez, until 2003. He has shown his work internationally in numerous venues such as the Havana Biennial, The Moscow Biennial,The Museum of Modern Art and Design, NY, MOOLA, LA and many others.
Los Carpinteros, The Nap 1998 (Left) Big Drawer 2001 (Right)
Alexandre Arrechea, Perpetual Free Entrance 2006
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