Sunday, March 19, 2006
Los Carpinteros are among the most innovative and internationally acclaimed Cuban contemporary artists. Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970), Dagoberto Rodriguez (b. 1969) and Marco Castillo (b. 1971) have been making art together since 1991 and coined their name in 1994, deciding to renounce the notion of individual authorship and to refer back to an older guild tradition of artisans and skilled laborers. The Havana-based collective Los Carpinteros (The
Carpenters) has created some of the most important work to emerge from Cuba in the past decade. Interested in the intersection between art and society, the group merges architecture, design, and sculpture in unexpected and often humorous ways, creating objects and drawings for objects that negotiate the space between the functional and the nonfunctional.