image: Installation view, Sentinella II, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery.
Brighton CCA is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by Alexandre da Cunha. Curated with Jenni Lomax, the exhibition is the first solo presentation in a UK public institution by the Brazilian artist for 10 years and creates a delicate conversation between objects, cultures and the idea of a city by the sea as a place of both competition and reinvention.
Alexandre da Cunha is a Brazilian-born artist who lives and works in São Paulo and London. Central to da Cunha’s practice is the ready-made. Specifically, how the ready-made is affected by narrative, history, and the results of labour. In da Cunha’s work, an object’s original design and function endures within the sculpture: a mop can be transformed into a tapestry but the narrative of the object lives on in the work. This approach allows him to disentangle preconceptions and instinctive responses inherent to particular objects, restoring them with alternative modes of viewing and understanding. Da Cunha’s sculptures inspire lush potential, illuminating everyday encounters with these ordinary materials; household cleaning objects suddenly conjure spiritual significance, while seemingly mundane industrial ready-mades echo art historical precedents.
Recent solo exhibitions include Laissez Faire, Camden Arts Centre, London, England 2009, Dublê, CCSP – Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil 2011, Kentucky Pied de Poule, CRG Gallery, New York, USA 2012, Plaza Project, MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA 2015, Everyday Poetics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA 2017. His work is held in a major public collections including the TATE, Zabludowicz Collection, Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Centro de Arte Contempoarnea de Inhotim Brazil and Laumeier Sculpture Park USA.
This exhibition is supported by