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Installation shot from the open studios, June 2002

Alexandre Da Cunha's work addressed the fragility and limits of the human body through a collision of orthopedic devices or sporting equipment. With his new work Da Cunha opens his investigation of functional objects to the domestic environment, making a series of sculptures and photographs from domestic and found materials.

Using objects such as cleaners' mops in Climbing Frame, 2002 and a wind-surf sail in Straight Jacket, 2002 he uses references to leisure and sporting activities as a metaphor for the challenges we face in our daily lives. These pieces evoke images of injury, fragility and pain, but they are also about the pleasure of pushing the body to the extreme.

The domestic settings play a greater part in works like Bed-Sofa, 2001, a piece made of ordinary items such as mattresses, sofas and sleeping-bags, which create a range of images evoking ideas of shelter or temporary accommodation.

In recent works like Terracota-Ebony, 2002 and Classic, 2002, da Cunha creates sets of stylish pots and sophisticated crystal glasses made of materials like rubber plungers or found plastic bottles. The setting that Alexandre is creates with this work is an arena where objects playfully turn themselves into other things through a game of 'dressing up' and make believe. The playful element is further emphasized by the cheap, hand crafted assemblage, which unashamedly exposes the material and the simple techniques.
Alexandre da Cunha lives and works in London since 1998 where he studied at Royal College of Arts and completed an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Da Cunha has exhibited regularly in Brazil and abroad, particularly in Europe where he has been participating in several shows including a solo exhibition at the Ferguson McDonald Gallery, London in 2002. He participated in various residencies including Gasworks and the Wellcome Trust Foundation.