The show will be on view from March 2 – April 7 with an opening reception Thursday, March 1st. The artist will be present
Twisted Horizon, a new series of work that explores Arrechea’s interest in making unlikely connections between
places and/or objects that have conventionally been perceived as unrelated, or opposed.
Employing utilitarian structures such as bridges, roads and buildings as a point of departure these elements appear suspended in hands like trophies, floating in the air or simply in motion varying in their intensity and gesture. They represent possession, triumph of power, history and progress, but can also signal care, preservation and love. Through these gestures one ultimately discovers the possibility of transformation – changing the original take on the object.
Arrechea’s work has always been imbued with architectural references steeped in history and personal experience. In this
body of work, the artist takes himself a step further and out of his own comfort zone to put a twist on places and objects that
bear no personal reference to him directly.
He explains, “I have conceived this new exhibition as a metaphor to the potential difficulty we experience when we relinquish certain stances or attitudes. By losing the security that comes with holding onto all we know and the way in which we know it, we are propelled into emotional vertigo that can bring about an inevitable change in our attitudes toward the unknown.”
They are all embedded in a history of triumph and failure. These structures are themselves subjected to their own past and present history. Any effort to subvert or change them becomes a struggle.
Alexandre Arrechea was born in Trinidad, Cuba and graduated from the prestigious Superior Art Institute of Havana in 1994.
In the spring of 2013 he will have monumental sculptures along the Park Avenue Malls as well as an upcoming book on his work through the gallery. Arrechea represented his homeland in the first ever Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011) and will participate in the 11th Havana Biennial in May 2012.
He has participated in Portugal Arte 2010, Bienal del Pontevedra, Spain (2010), the Moscow Biennial (2009); Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Greece and the Havana Biennial (2009).
Source: Magnan Metz Gallery
Exhibition: Twisted Horizon
Place: Magnan Metz Gallery
City: New York
Country: United States
Date: From March 2 – April 7, 2012