Grounded in a material aesthetic and ethic, Alexandre da Cunha makes sculpture and wall-mounted work using transformed everyday or found objects. Da Cunha has described his practice not as ‘making’ but as ‘pointing’. Pointing at existing objects in our everyday surroundings, and highlighting or revealing new and unexpected meanings within them. This approach has allowed him to unpick our preconceptions and instinctive responses to things and shift our perspective to new ways of seeing and understanding, giving way to a lush potential, not only in interpreting his work, but also in everything we subsequently see around us in the world.
Alexandre da Cunha (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1969) lives and works in London, UK. He holds a MA from Chelsea College of Art, London. Da Cunha’s work has been the subject of international exhibitions, most recently at Royal Society of Sculptors and Camden Arts Centre, London; Pivô, São Paulo; Le Grand Café Centre d’Art Contemporain, Saint-Nazaire; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, together with a monumental kinetic sculpture for the new Underground station at Battersea Power Station, London (2021).