Public sculpture (Pouff 1, 2 e 3), 2008
Rio de Janeiro, 1969; lives in London, England
Public sculpture (Pouff 1), 2008
Public sculpture (Pouff 2), 2008
Public sculpture (Pouff 3), 2008
Alexandre da Cunha moves through art history like a disc jockey that samples music from various sources to make his own music. At his exhibitions it is not rare for the visitor to find references to sources as diverse as geometric abstraction, applied arts, design, Brazilian modern architecture, Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) and Italian arte povera. His manner of constructing objects is also close to the Brazilian tradition of "gambiarra", uniting materials from different and sometimes conflicting origins, offering apparently precarious and improvised solutions in these junctions. The artworks in this room make reference to a tradition of constructing monuments in concrete, typical of the Brazilian process of modernization which took place beginning in the 1950's, as seen in the highway monuments found all over Brazil. The form of Da Cunha's "public sculptures" also approximates that of the concrete tubes seen in every large construction work, used to construct sewer and drainage pipes. The aridity and impersonality of these references are contradicted, however, by the artwork's subtitle and by the use of foam, which approximates it to household furniture, to the body and an aesthetics of comfort.