Drawings by Los Carpinteros
Drawings of nonfunctional buildings and structures. Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) consists of the trio Marco Castillo, Dagoberto Rodríguez, and Alexandre Arrechea. The collective is based in Havana, Cuba.
Interested in the intersection between art and society, the group merges architecture, design, and sculpture in unexpected and often humorous ways. They create installations and drawings which negotiate the space between the functional and the nonfunctional. The group's elegant and mordantly humorous sculptures, drawings, and installations draw their inspiration from the physical world—particularly that of furniture. Their carefully crafted works use humor to exploit a visual syntax that sets up contradictions among object and function as well as practicality and uselessness. For Los Carpinteros, drawing has played an integral role as a mock technical draft or form of a blue print that suggests not only a process of artistic elaboration but also a form of architectural or carpentry plans.