The Cuban art collective, Los Carpinteros, will be holding their first major show in the popular Parasol unit Foundation for contemporary art, in London. The duo will exhibit their large-scale sculptures and installations.
Made up of artist collective Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriquez, Los Carpinteros have been working together since the early 1990s. They live and work between Madrid, Spain, Havana and Cuba, and have showcased their work all over the world. Focusing on the intersection between art and society, the group unites architecture, design and sculpture in comical, surprising and inventive ways.
Drawing on personal experiences, their work is often described as ‘interrogative art’. They chose to examine the relationships between art and society, form and function, practicality and frivolousness.
The Parasol unit will include the duo’s installations, sculptures, watercolour drawings and film screenings. The ground floor will be devoted to their larger works, such as the installation Tomates 2013, in which 200 real tomatoes will be splattered against the gallery walls. The piece aims to evoke feelings of compassion and sensitivity surrounding the topic of a political revolution.
The exhibition, curated by Ziba Ardalan, founder and director of the Parasol unit, will also include a series of watercolour drawings and small-scale prototype models. The watercolours bid to display the prosperity of possibilities. These paintings are a crucial aspect of how Los Carpinteros work, and act as a pivotal discussion between the two artists.
The gallery’s intention is to offer a fertile space for artists, so audiences can explore and question contemporary art and the way in which the chosen artists work creatively. The Parasol unit encourages interactivity, asking their audiences to push the boundaries of art, and support artists throughout the exhibitions.
Los Carpinteros will be exhibiting at the Parasol unit from March 25th, until May 24th 2015.