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Almine Rech opens an exhibition of new works by the artist Alejandro Cardenas
Installation view.

by Rosario Güiraldes
Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center



NEW YORK, NY.- Almine Rech is presenting ALEXANDRIA, an exhibition of new works by the artist Alejandro Cardenas (b. 1977, Santiago de Chile), on view at the gallery’s New York location. This is Cardenas’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.




The title of the exhibition, ALEXANDRIA, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the artist himself, but also to the Egyptian city—the intellectual and cultural center of the ancient Mediterranean world for much of the Hellenistic age and known to be a place where scholarship of the East and the West was studied on an equal footing with the goal of creating a unified source of knowledge. Cardenas’s new body of work, which comes at a time of profound global unrest that has resulted from rampant climate change, the ongoing health and economic crises, and social injustice, came forth as a way to reflect on the present moment.

Executed during the Los Angeles’ dual crises of the Covid-19 pandemic and the wildfires, the new paintings and sculptures produced by Cardenas provide a vision of a post-human world wherein the relationship between human-forms and the environment is one of unity and coexistence. Guided by his own imagination and inspired by a wide variety of influences ranging from Surrealism, to Sci-Fi, to magical realism, Cardenas immersed himself in the creation of surreal post-human scenes of polished gridded interiors populated by eerie angular figures. In his unique approach to figuration, Cardenas’s signature humanoids of narrow wire-frame silhouettes wrapped in colorful patterns of zigzagging lines, lie, sit, or stand relaxedly in minimal architectural environments. Unlike us, these faceless humanoids appear to lack all sensory organs, yet they are not deprived of their sensorial ability. Instead, they convey emotion through body language, resulting in a wide variety of suggested emotional expression. The vigorous living forms contained within these interior spaces contrasts to the decaying outdoor world seen through the large windows in some of the paintings, where the streaming sunlight takes on an orange glow—similar to the color that the sky took outside Cardenas’s studio during the wildfires.

The subject matter of the grid, a reference to Superstudio’s, iconic Ill Monumento Continuo, utilized in the late 1960s by the group of radical architects from Florence to address the homogenizing effect of globalization, is consistent throughout the exhibition. In the paintings on view here, Cardenas uses the grid as the only defining element of the architectural space inhabited by his figures. Just like Superstudio’s anonymous megastructure, it is a post-architectural space, a non-space that has been stripped away of any vestige of history and design, with the exception of a few prototypes of iconic chairs, designed by the artist. As Cardenas explained of his idea for the show, “It is about the present moment and the choices we have to make in order to exist as a culture in a world we are destroying and which we have to start fixing. I feel that our survival as a species depends on an agreement among all of us, a kind of unification of ideas, a non-space wherein everything this is possible. The grid, to me, is representative of that possibility.” The other recurrent element that unites the paintings and the sculptures is the sinuous silhouette of a snake, which is portrayed full-bodied in the two aquamarine lacquered aluminum sculptures, and also appears in some of the paintings, albeit in fragments and with black and blue crossbanding. Inspired in Nehebkau, the primordial snake god of ancient Egyptian mythology originally considered an evil spirit and later a benevolent god associated with the afterlife, the snake here symbolizes the often-conflicting impulses at the core of the human experience and throughout history. Taken as a whole, the exhibition explores the power of storytelling and of art as transmutation of experience.










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