The work of a contemporary artist always “rows” against the current, and the meaning of this, when speaking of art, is whatever you like.
Kcho: Rowing Against the Current, is a show that takes us on a tour through the last twenty-five years of the artist’s career, including a selection of works on paper created specifically for our exhibition. Kcho’s oeuvre has developed through different mediums and manifestations, but has maintained not only its conceptual integrity, but also the intrinsic sense of expression. With Kcho, every canvas or drawing seems to be, unquestionably, to be the sketch for a sculpture or major installation, even if the final project does not always materialize. For him, the maquette and process are of equal, if not more importance, as the “final” project.
This exhibition highlights works (in addition to large scale paintings and works on paper) that have marked essential moments of Kcho’s career, such as: Dreamed Objects, 2005 (consisting of a life-size fisherman’s house penetrated, aggressively, by oars) exhibited in 2005 in the show Every Man is an Island at the New World Museum in Houston; and Kayak from the Dangerous Objects series, 2002 (consisting of a kayak pierced by swordfish beaks) exhibited in an itinerant show in 2008 in The Menil Collection, Houston and in 2009 at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY and at the Miami Art Museum, in the exhibition curated by Franklin Sirmans NeoHooDoo Art For a Forgotten Faith.
This exhibition coincides with an important exhibition that the artist will be presenting at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba in Havana, where he will also exhibit iconic works from the last 25 years of his career, in which the object will also play an important role.