About One Phenomenon Among Others by Ricardo Alcaide.
Based on my experiences and perceptions of how society functions and deals with problems caused by modern living conditions in dense cities, my recent work has created different parallels through the combination of principles of modernist architecture and the precariousness that manifests itself in ordinary day to day living, revealing the “progress” in society as vague and rapidly loosing shape. In this first exhibition at Baro Jardins, “One Phenomenon Among Others”presents my recent painting works. This paintings are the result of a dismantled panel with industrial paint on mdf board, retaining the memory of disassembled shelve furniture like, from which all frames and shelves have been physically constructed, painted and then removed to reveal only the structural sections in the panel. Here it’s the ‘action of deconstruction’ in the actual process that counts as the most relevant point for this work. The abstract recreation reveals the uncontrolled and imprecise condition and reflects -once again- about the failure of progress associated with modern aesthetics within my discourse. The result could be perceived formally as an abstraction, but what lies behind are anecdotes and symbolic shapes from today’s hard reality and underdeveloped “Progress”.Ricardo Alcaide was born in Caracas in 1967. He currently lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Recent exhibitions include: Forma Critica, Cristinger De Mayo Gallery, Zurich. Displacement, Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery, Miami. Partir Do Erro, Galeria Pilar, Sao Paulo. La Angustia De Casi Saber Y Quedarse No Sabiendo, Galería DiabloRosso, Panamá City. Settlements, Baro galeria, São Paulo; The Language Of Human Consciousness, Athr gallery, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia; Donde Hay Protesta Hay Negocio, Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan de Puerto Rico (2014); Solo Project, Curated by Jose Roca. Pinta NY Art Fair, New York; Incidental Geometry, Project Room - Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York; Visão Do Paraiso: Pensamento Selvagem, curated by Julieta Gonzalez and Pablo Leon de la Barra, Rio de Janeiro; From Disruption To Abstraction, New Art Projects Gallery, London (2013); Prototipo Vernacular, Oficina #1, Caracas, Venezuela; Optimismo Radical, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2012). His work is part of the following collections: MAR Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro. Sayago & Pardon, Los Angeles, CA. LIMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Zabludowicz Collection. London. Colección Fundación Cisneros, Caracas. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas.