On 25 October Gallery Machado-Muñoz presents the exhibition In search of the Unknown by Anton Alvarez.
Currently Stockholm based Swedish-Chilean Anton Alvarez is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art. Alvarez originally studied cabinetmaking before completing an Interior Architecture and Furniture Design course at Konstfack.
Alvarez work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Salon94 in New York, Xue Xue institute in Taipei and Gallery Libby Sellers in London, and he has also participated in numerous group exhibitions such as Area / Test, El Matadero, Madrid, Wild Things, Texture Museum, Kortrijk, Belgium, Color Your Life, Daelim Museum, Seoul, Salon 94, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, INR, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, among many others…
For his first exhibition at Machado-Muñoz, Anton Alvarez will be presenting a selection of his works, which includes objects build with the Thread Wrapping Machine and The extruder. The show also includes Puzzling another of his works, among others.
Alvarez's work focuses on the design of systems and the creation of tools and processes for producing products, objects and architecture. He created The Wrapping Machine, which is a tool to join different types of material with only a glue-coated thread to bind the objects. No screws or nails are used to join the different components of the furniture. By using this construction method, materials such as wood, steel, or plastic can be joined to form objects and constructed spaces.
He wanted to create an externalised joint that would enable him to combine a big range of different materials that normally would require very time-consuming methods of joining them together, and at the same time, to create a decorative pattern formed by the different colours of the thread.
This new way of making has originated from years of his own personal research, beginning with his background in cabinetmaking and leading into years of conceptual and process-based design research.
Alphabets Aerobics takes his work to a new level. This machine builds upon the artist’s previous work and attempts to re-define the method of making and question the role of the artist in the creative process. It removes the artist from the making process entirely; liberating him.
Puzzling is one of his earlier work. He designed a single wood module and industrially multiplied it into thousands. The modules are designed in a way to be joined without glue, and made possible by human hands to combine into eternal repetition. Through this method of assembly, he combines the definitions of industrial serial production with Arts & Crafts.
By letting mechanically produced wood modules converge with human repetitiveness, he wanted to reflect the energy of the craftsmanship that assembles these objects.