About the Exhibit - ALEXANDRIA
Alejandro Cardenas’ exhibit, ALEXANDRIA, is on view at Almine Rech Gallery’s UES, New York location from January 21st - February 23rd, 2021.
The title of the exhibit is a play on Alejandro’s name as well as a reference to the Egyptian City, which was the central place of the ancient Mediterranean world, or a mecca if you will.
It’s no secret that the world has been in a state of chaos (more than usual) in the past year, and these paintings are a response to that. Based in LA, Cardenas created these paintings during a time when LA was not only in lockdown but experiencing a number of forest fires.
“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.” (source)
“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.” (source)
While Cardenas figures aren’t exactly human, they still reflect human qualities through their body language. I believe it represents the need for humans to evolve, and this whole exhibit is Cardenas’s escapism into a more ideal future.
“[The exhibit] 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” - Alejandro Cardenas (source)
“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 that is possible.” - Alejandro Cardenas (source)
Video of the Exhibit
To see a video of the exhibit, see the video below.
About the Artist - Alejandro Cardenas
Alejandro Cardenas was born in Santiago, Chile, and completed his BFA at the Cooper Union School of Art in 2000.
“Alejandro Cardenas is the Chilean artist best known for his interdisciplinary artworks that portray acrobatic, fluid characters set against lush landscapes and surrealist interiors” - Hypebeast (source)
“Cardenas has also served as the lead textile designer and art director for the influential fashion label Proenza Schouler for over a decade. He was also a founding member of Lansing-Dreiden — a New York-based transdisciplinary art collective that created musical albums, a literary journal, and artworks.” - Hypebeast (source)
Cardenas currently lives and works in Los Angeles.