MARCO A. CASTILLO | Beltrán

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Galeria Nara Roesler
MARCO A. CASTILLO
Beltrán, 2019
Wood and rattan
40.7 x 64.4 x 2.2 in.

$25,000

CATALOGUE NOTE
Marco Castillo’s wood and rattan works are rooted in the designs of Cuban modernist practice, juxtaposing a colonial and traditional past with more ideological and figurative influences of the 1960s and 1970s—the pieces take on Soviet-era designs, and intertwine them with traditional elements of the Cuban production such as latticework and rattan. The works from this series bear the names of Cuban architects and designers of the time; notably Beltrán refers to Félix Beltrán.

BIOGRAPHY
Marco Castillo is one of the founding members of a collective named Los Carpinteros, founded in 1992 in Havana, Cuba. The group was created as an objection to individual authorship and to engage with a practice that marries architectural forms, design and art. His drawings and installations emerge from the artist's observation of material elements from our everyday life. In his career as a solo artist, Castillo experiments with these aspects in order to explore the relationship between the functional and the non-functional, as well as that between art and society as a means of questioning aesthetic expectations and bias.

His works are parts of several important institutional collections such as: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Daros Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, amongst others.
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