Kcho: Rowing Against the Current

February 27 – April 24, 2021

Kcho: Rowing Against the Current

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.

About Kcho

BornNuena Gerona, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Currently lives and works in Havana, Cuba

KCHO was born in 1970, Nueva Gerona, Isla de Pinos.He began his artistic training there and soon after moved to Havana, where he completed his studies and currently lives and works. He is today one of the most important artist of his generation and his work can be found in prestigious museums and institutions around the world. Among those we can mention MOMA, New York; theNational Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museo Van Reekum, Apendoorn, Netherlands and the Centro de Arte Walker, Minneapolis, just to mention a few.

He appeared on the Cuban scene in the early 90s with a very unique style. In a decade marked by an increasing migration process it is not a surprise that his work gravitated towards that theme. He chooses to portray the drama of the Cuban migration, specifically the perilous voyage by sea. The dangers of that type of trip are represented in the innertubes, boats and oars that he uses to create his pieces. The scared surfaces, the aggressive and sketch-like lines are allusive to the difficulties involved in the process. The lonely and scattered pieces suggest abandonment and death, portraying a grim scenario of what can happen in the vast and immensity of the sea.

For more information about this artist, please contact the gallery.

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