The disarmingly poetic work of Alexandre da Cunha draws upon his dual culture as a Brazilian artist who has lived in London for over a decade. At the convergence of various movements (with references to the Duchampian readymade and to architectural modernism), his sculptural practice takes everyday things and transforms them into objects of wonder.
Da Cunha’s hybrid sculptures bring together the materials of mass consumption with an artisan’s activity. The elegant modernist tapestries of his Kentucky series (2008–2012) turn out to be woven from mop heads—objects of domestic drudgery par excellence—which also feature in his ongoing Busts series (2007–), totemic figures that appear to have escaped from an ethnographic museum.
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