Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova
Cuban, born 1973
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Selected exhibitions
2014
Alejandra von Hartz Gallery at Zona MACO 2014,
Alejandra von Hartz Gallery
2013
Alejandra von Hartz Gallery at PINTA NY,
Alejandra von Hartz Gallery
2010
An Uneven Floor,
Locust Projects

Using home-decorating items and suburban architectural elements, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova works in areas of personal space to deconstruct the domestic environment. Born in Havana, Rodriguez-Casanova now lives and works in Miami, where he creates sculptures and installations that are informed by Minimalist, Modernist, and Conceptual art. Often placing familiar items within a new context, Rodriguez-Casanova creates contradictions of perception for his viewer through contrasting elements, like organic features among rigid, functional architecture. Rodriguez-Casanova’s work is foremost concerned with environmental psychology and the social, cultural, and autobiographical implications of place. In An Uneven Floor, he took a common household item—carpet—and subverted its utilitarian functions, like comfort and stability. In this site-specific installation, Rodriguez-Casanova used an uneven floor covered in plush pink carpet to ultimately create a sense of instability.