Los Carpinteros - Casi Guitarra

Under the direction of Márcia Fortes, Alessandra d'Aloia, and Alexandre Gabriel, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel (formerly know as Galeria Fortes Vilaça) presents a dynamic program in which Brazilian and foreign artists, young and established, create ambitious exhibitions.

During Art Basel 2017, the gallery will present the work of Los Carpinteros - Casi Guitarra

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel
São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Hall 2.1 | L22

In the series Casi Guitarra (2016–2017), Los Carpinteros transform the intrument into a flat image but keep its funcionality, allowing the viewer to engage himself/herlself by playing it. Its wooden support is made with types which are commomly used in the making of real guitars, such as Nogal (Walnut), Roble (Oak-tree), Laca (Lacquer).

Casi Guitarra deals with the idea of displacing and altering what is immediately recognizable, whilst reaffirms the artists' long-therm interest for music – many of their past works also feature musical instruments or refer directly to Cuban rhythms. Los Carpinteros' work are whimsical, and it is this aspect of their work that allows them to play in a mutable territory: that between the pragmatic and the impossible to their playful distortions of handmade objects.

The artist duo Los Carpinteros consists of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez, born in Cuba in 1969 and 1971, respectively. They live and work between Madrid and Havana. The venues and titles of their solo shows have most notably included MARCO (Monterrey, 2015); Parasol Unit (London, 2015); Faena Arts Center (Buenos Aires, 2012); Silence Your Eyes, Kunstmuseum Thun (Thun, Switzerland) and Kunstverein Hannover (Hannover, Germany, 2012); and Handwork – Constructing the World, Es Baluard (Palma, Spain). Group shows they have participated in include the Bienal de Havana (2012, 2000 and 1994); the 4th Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre, 2013); the 51st Venice Biennale (2005); and the 25th Bienal de São Paulo (2002). Their works figure in important collections around the world, such as those of Guggenheim (New York); MoMA (New York); MOCA (Los Angeles); CIFO (Miami); Daros (Zürich); Tate Modern (London); Reina Sofía (Madrid); TBA-21 (Vienna) and others.