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CRG Gallery is delighted to announce Amazons, an exhibition of new work by Alexandre da Cunha, which will inaugurate the gallery’s new Lower East Side location. This show will mark the Brazilian born, London based artist’s second exhibition with CRG Gallery. The exhibition’s title references both the mythological female warriors as well as a region in Brazil. This will be da Cunha’s first exhibition to focus exclusively on wall works.

Amazons consists of commercially produced, printed beach towels mounted to stretchers with a collage of found fabrics applied. The found fabrics are place mats, sails, clothing (replete with use stains); t-shirts, raincoats, etc. In several towels there is an image of a quasi- naked figure with an animal (tiger, snake, horse). For the artist, these images reference goddesses of classic iconography found in historic painting. In other works, multiple towels with the same image are sewn together in a serial sequence and dyed with different tones.

These suggest a comparison to conventions of some contemporary “figure paintings” e.g. Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, Sigmar Polke, Martin Kippenberger.

The objet trouvé approach is fundamental to Alexandre da Cunha’s practice. Known everyday objects when removed from their familiar context take on a new significance. Beach towels simultaneously evoke the exotic and stereotypes (beach culture, tropical countries, tourism, etc.). Jens Hoffmann wrote about da Cunha’s works as “tropical ready mades”, an association the artist likes.

Alexandre da Cunha was born in 1969 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He lives and works in London and San Paulo. Concurrently, the artist has an installation of three large scale sculptures at The Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza, Chicago. He will participate in the upcoming BAS8 (the British Art Show 8) opening October 9th at City Art Gallery and traveling to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southhampton, UK.

Selected Work

Alexandre da Cunha
Amazons (Painting I), 2014
beach towel, linen, suede, place mats, acrylic
86 5/8 x 118 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.

Amazons (Painting XI), 2015 beach towel, fabric dye 104 x 142 1⁄2 2 in. 264 x 362 x 5 cm AD9328

Amazons (Painting X), 2015 beach towel, parasol, gauze 98 3/8 x 74 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. 250 x 190 x 4 cm AD9329

Amazons (Painting VIII), 2015 Beach towel, fabric dye, linen 52 x 105 1/2 x 1 5/8 in.
132 x 268 x 4 cm AD9332

Amazons (Painting IX), 2015 Beach towel, fabric dye, parasol 52 x 87 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. 132 x 222 x 4 cm AD9330
Amazons (Painting III), 2014 Beach towel, t-shirt, linen, cotton, acrylic 55 x 133 3⁄4 x 1 5/8 in. 140 x 340 x 4 cm AD9331
Kama Sutra I, 2015 t-shirts, acrylic, canvas 31 7/16 x 39 5/16 x 1 9/16 in. (80 x 100 x 4 cm) AD9285

Kama Sutra II, 2015
t-shirts, acrylic, canvas
39 5/16 x 31 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. (100 x 80 x 4 cm) AD9286

Kama Sutra III, 2015 raincoats, stretcher 23 9/16 x 1 9/16 in. (60 x 4 cm) AD9287
Comedia IV, 2015, bicycle saddle, linen, canvas 27 1/2 x 19 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. AD9288
Morning II, 2015 raincoat, rubber scrapper, canvas 15 11/16 x 15 11/16 x 3 1/8 in. (40 x 40 x 8 cm) AD9290

Installation Shots

Participating Artists:

Alexandre da Cunha