Join us at OCAD University to hear a talk by the renowned and thought-provoking speaker Alexandre Arrechea, a Cuban artist whose work involves concepts of power and its network of hierarchies, surveillance, control, prohibitions, and subjection. With his lecture Corners, Arrechea introduces sculpture within the context of the public environment. Dialogue strategies will be explored in the talk, as will issues such as the evolution of site-specific sculpture, the related realm of collaboration, and the future of public artwork.
Presented in association with the lecture is also an intimate student workshop on Thursday, September 29 at 3pm.
Wednesday, September 28, 7pm
100 McCaul Street - Room 190 (Auditorium)
Small Student Workshop
Thursday, September 29, 3pm
100 McCaul Street – Room 258
About the Artist
Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970, Trinidad, Cuba) lives and works in New York City. Arrechea received a BFA from Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba in 1994. As a founding member (from 1991 through 2003) of the Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros, his work employs visual metaphors for ongoing social themes of inequality, cultural disenfranchisement, and the disputed position of art in a global, media driven society.
Since returning to his individual practice, he focuses on large-scale sculptures and installations that interrogate the interconnectedness of urban design with systems of power and surveillance, first drafted in watercolors. His practice includes installation, painting, and the use of what he considers are objects with “elements of truth”; this last category has included found remnants of places, like debris, fragments of walls, and measuring tape. He is best known for monumental projects like NOLIMITS (2013), the ten sculptures on Park Avenue are riffs on iconic NYC buildings that twists and bends with the source of inspiration as though it were a malleable garden hose. Suffused with humor and levity which reveal the powerful potential of artistic intervention to shock us out of our blasé of acceptance of everyday submission. In 2015, he won Artist of the Year Award by the Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation in Havana during the 12th Bienal de Havana. In 2016, Coachella Music Festival in Palm Springs, CA commissioned Arrechea and made Katrina Chair elevates the community around the Katrina Hurricane that in 2005 slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast with winds of up to 127 miles per hour. Arrechea has had individual exhibitions at institutions such as Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana; PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles; and the New Museum in New York.
Presented by Latin American Canadian Art Projects in partnership with OCAD University's President's Speaker Series
Photo by Rafael Garcia Sanchez.