Rio de Janeiro, 1969; lives in London, England
disposable plastic bottles
The arrangement of the works by Alexandre da Cunha in the first room of Galeria Fonte recalls a still life, thus repeating the theme of the exhibition which he begins. His sculptures and wall works often make reference to standard sculptural forms that tend to appear in this sort of pictorial composition: busts, totems and vases. Humorous and ironic, his work appropriates materials extracted from the world, which the artist recombines like a DJ who uses samples of different songs from different sources. The choice of industrial scraps, extracted from the world of textiles, cleaning tools, furniture and food, convey an interest in the corporal and in the household. Cunha is, however, equally interested in the transformation of these objects by means of subtle and delicate sculptural operations involving inversions, collages, fusions and re-orientations. Thus, a set of PET bottles, skillfully sectioned and recombined, simulate precious glass chalices; bathroom rugs are applied on embroidery frames, creating abstract organic motifs; and repulsive bathroom plungers are minutely arranged on shelves, suggesting modernist forms or, once again, the composition of a still life.