Los Carpinteros

Contemporary Cuban Art, Humor, Sculpture, instruments, quartet, Sean Kelly Contemporary Cuban Art, Humor, Sculpture, 16m, jackets, Sean Kelly Contemporary Cuban Art, Humor, Sculpture, Town Stadium Lights, Sean Kelly Contemporary Cuban Art, Humor, Sculpture, bed, flippers, basketball, oval reading room Click to enlarge

Los Carpinteros are a Havana-based duo consisting of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez. Formed in 1991, originally as a trio that included Alexandre Arrechea (see previous post) until his departure in 2003, the Cuban collective decided to renounce the idea of individual authorship and pay homage to an older tradition of artisans and skilled laborers. They create installations and drawings that merge architecture, design, and sculpture in surprising and humorous ways. Often, their very carefully crafted works set up contradictions between object and function, in addition to practicality vs. uselessness.

From top to bottom:
Cuarteto (Quartet); 16m; Luces del Estadio del Pueblo (Town Stadium Lights); La Montaña Rusa (The Rollercoaster); Free Basket; Patas de Rana Negras (size S) (Black Frogs’ Legs, size s); Sala de Lectura Ovalada (Oval Reading Room); Movimiento de Liberacion Nacional (National Liberation Movement); Casa (Home)

via Sean Kelly

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