(Alejandro Campins, Suspense, 2015, oil on canvas, 101″ x 153.5″ Courtesy: Sean Kelly, NY)
Havana-based artist Alejandro Campins is coming to New York to present his first solo exhibition entitled, Lapse. Not only is it the first time he is presenting solo in the US, but it’s also the first time he’s presenting works exclusively focused on the Cuban landscape.
His gallerist Sean Kelly describes Alejandro’s vision:
[Alejandro’s] practice is informed by a singular, painterly vision. Ambitiously drawing on history, architecture and the collective memory of his home country, Campins mixes media — oil, watercolor, pencil — to create hauntingly evocative, atmospheric paintings inhabiting a metaphysical space between reality and fiction. His enigmatic canvases allude to the anachronistic poetry and surrealist beauty of Cuba’s changing cultural landscape.
(Alejandro Campins in his Studio. Photo Credit: HavanaLive.com)
When asked about this new work, Campins states:
“I am interested in the idea of impermanence and how it manifests itself in nature and its relationship with architecture. The rural and urban landscape reflect the mental state of society, in these works I approach scenarios which for me have an ‘anonymous’ aspect, sites that have lost their identity and express disinterest, transformation and the failures of ideologies.”
It seems that a bevy of brilliant young minds are coming out of the Cuban Art Schools and we’re exciting to see them coming up the pipe, reinterpreting The new Cuba’s cultural climate. Alejandro Campins graduated from the Academia Profesional de Artes Plásticas “El Alba” Holguín, Cuba (2000) and from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba (2009). Since then, he’s traveled the world with exhibitions in Switzerland, Berlin, and Denmark.
Lapse runs from February 12 – March 12, 2016. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 11 from 6-8pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11am until 6pm and Saturday from 10am until 6pm.
Gallery: 475 Tenth Ave, NY NY 10018. 212-239-1181. Visit SKNY.com