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Almine Rech

Alejandro Cardenas RAVINE 23

Jan 11 — Feb 18, 2023 | London

Opening on Wednesday, January 11, 2022
From 6 pm to 8 pm

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In his new show titled RAVINE 23, the Chilean artist Alejandro Cárdenas takes us on a journey where he critically expands on his signature subject matter: The avoidance of overdetermination on the basis of a single meaning, movement, or style. In his delicate crafting of apparently intimate scenes inhabited by humanoid beings, Cárdenas presents us with a new body of work that is eerily familiar as well as visually provocative. As in previous projects, Cárdenas thinks through possibilities of working with space as a symbol, and, in this specific case, of the ravine as the background of a narrative on resilience and creativity.

Both enticing and mysterious, the group of 10 works—8 paintings and 2 sculptures—further distill the artist’s fascination for visual synthesis.  The free-flowing interplay of references deriving from established movements in the history of art with various expressions of popular culture comes to life in this show. Given the growing trend in the contemporary art world of artists creating exclusively through the lens of contentious categories, such as race, class, and gender, this is a divergent and significant enterprise. His figures’ mutability and permeability avoid being confined within a single space, thus sidestepping swift, commonplace interpretations.

– Julián Sánchez González, PhD Candidate in Art History, Columbia University

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Selected artworks

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      Calypso of Ogygia, 2022

    Alejandro Cardenas Calypso of Ogygia, 2022

    Acrylic on canvas
    127 x 177.8 cm
    50 x 70 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      The Visitor, 2022

    Alejandro Cardenas The Visitor, 2022

    Patinated Bronze, Marble & Metal hardware

    182 x 64 x 37 cm
    71 1/2 x 25 x 14 1/2 in

    Edition 1/3