Cabo Rojo, 2019
Plantain peel juice and spray paint on paper
32.5 x 50cm
Series of 16, 4 variations (red, teal, blue, pink)
In 2019, Gasworks celebrates 25 years of supporting artists. Over the last two and a half decades the organisation has worked with over 500 artists from 80 countries around the world through residencies, exhibitions, public events and studio provision.
As part of our 25th Anniversary, Gasworks alumni artist Engel Leonardo has produced an exclusive limited edition artwork. Each individual work is unique and has been hand-made by the artist.
Cabo Rojo is made using the juice of the plantain peel as ink or stain, applied to paper by hand. It exemplifies Leonardo’s ongoing interest in Tropical Modernism, an architectural movement that spread widely throughout Latin American countries post-independence, symbolising a progressive, modernist future, while simultaneously referencing Pre-Columbian indigenous craft.
Working across sculpture, installation and site-specific interventions, Engel Leonardo addresses issues related to climate, nature, traditional crafts, architecture and popular culture of the Caribbean. Of particular interest in his work is the production of objects and their embedded psychological and sociological functions.
Engel Leonardo lives and works in Santo Domingo. Recent exhibitions include A great event is in the making. But no one has noticed, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing (2016); High and Local Villa Consuelo, Sindicato, Santo Domingo; TXT, Instituto de Visión, Bogotá; United States of Latin America, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Focus Latin America, ARCO, Madrid (all 2015); Rejas, Sillas, Vestidos, Muñecas y Plátano, Museo del Hombre, Santo Domingo; Pedernales, Teorética, Costa Rica (both 2014); Under Construction, William Road Gallery, London (2013); and On Common Ground, AMA, Washington D.C. (2012).