sao-paulo

Alexandre da Cunha, Comédia I, 2015, bicycle saddle, canvas, 15 3/4 × 15 3/4 × 6".

Alexandre da Cunha

Galeria Luisa Strina

Alexandre da Cunha, Comédia I, 2015, bicycle saddle, canvas, 15 3/4 × 15 3/4 × 6".

Walking along Rua Padre João Manuel, in São Paulo’s Jardins District, one notes the solidity and order of the buildings that line the street, their almost exact symmetry and their geometric design. Recently, anyone glancing into the windows of the gallery that occupies the ground floor of number 775 might have thought the space contained an exhibition of abstract paintings, works as geometric and patterned as the surrounding buildings outside. But things are not always what they seem, even, or perhaps especially, in an exhibition titled “Real.”

The exhibition was advertised by a poster with a photo of a bare-chested man leaning on a tire—a clue as to one of the unexpected realities evoked by Alexandre da Cunha, whose work directly confronts the questions and paradoxes surrounding our contemporary imagination of the “real.” What from a distance looked like abstract paintings

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