Join us for a small, intimate student workshop with renowned Cuban artist, Alexandre Arrechea, on Thursday, September 29 at 3pm.
Thought provoking artist Alexandre Arrechea will visit OCAD U the last week of September and deliver his lecture CORNERS, where he will introduce sculpture within the context of the public environment. Dialogue strategies will be explored in his talk, as will issues such as the evolution of site-specific sculpture, the related realm of collaboration, and the future of public artwork.
The artist has kindly agreed to give a two hour workshop with a small group of students – limited to only 25 attendees – the day following the lecture. For OCAD University students or alumni only.
If you are interested in attending, please email email@example.com to secure your spot, as capacity is limited.
Wednesday, September 28, 7pm
100 McCaul Street - Room 190 (Auditorium)
Small Student Workshop
Thursday, September 29, 3pm
100 McCaul Street – Room 258
About Alexandre Arrechea:
Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970, Trinidad, Cuba) lives and works in New York City. His practice employs visual metaphors to address ongoing social themes of inequality, cultural disenfranchisement and the disputed position of art in a global, media-driven society. Arrechea was a founding member (1991–2003) of the Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros. Since returning to individual practice, he has focused on large-scale sculptures and installations that he first drafts in watercolour and that question the interconnectedness of urban design with systems of power and surveillance. His works include installation and painting as well as the use of what he considers are objects with “elements of truth.” This last category has included found “remnants” of places such as debris, fragments of walls and measuring tape. He is best known for monumental projects such as NOLIMITS (2013), comprising ten sculptures on New York City’s Park Avenue, each of which riffs on an iconic city building.
Arrechea received a BFA from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte in 1994. In 2015 during the 12th Bienal de Havana, he received the Artist of the Year Award from the Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation. The following year, the Palm Springs’ Coachella Music Festival commissioned his Katrina Chairs to commemorate the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricane. Arrechea has held solo 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.
Alexandre Arrechea appears courtesy of Latin American Canadian Art Projects and OCAD University's President's Speaker Series.
Photo: Rafael Garcia Sanchez