Tres Relojes, 2003

Photo: Michael Strasser, 2009 | © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2018

Watercolour and pencil on paper
75.5 x 106 cm

Within the practice of Los Carpinteros the act of drawing can be seen as a metaphor for their artistic enterprise, which places value on craftsmanship and communication among the artists. Very often these drawings are the only documents that record the concept for projects that aren't realizable. "Carretera de Tornillos (Street of Screws)" and Tres Relojes (Three Clocks) transform objects by multiplying them. By removing the objects from their functional context, the drawings bring different kinds of allegorical readings into play. In "Acumulación de Materiales—Ladrillos II (Accumulation of Materials—Bricks II)", the bricks are not used to build but instead form a disordered pile, which simultaneously suggests the destruction of a once-completed building and the construction of a new one. "Bloque infestado (Infested Block)" pictures a flesh-colored brick with some areas of black, indicating organic shapes within a geometric construction.

Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés: *1971 in Camagüey, Cuba | Living and working in La Habana, Cuba and Madrid, Spain
Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez: *1969 in Caibarien, Cuba | Living and working in La Habana, Cuba and Madrid, Spain