Miami Art Week at Faena: ‘Dreaming with Lions’
On November 29, join us for the inauguration of Miami Art Week at Faena Beach.
For Miami Art Week 2020, Faena Art aims to inspire hope and reinforce its commitment to shaping Miami’s cultural landscape through art and will allow for a safe environment to view and interact with the artworks, bringing together the local community.
‘Dreaming with Lions’ is the product of a year-long reflection by Arrechea inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s seminal literary work, The Old Man and the Sea. Erected directly on the beach in front of Faena Hotel, the work will serve as a living monument to the sheer force of the human spirit.
Constructing a 62’ diameter rotunda resembling an enormous, forum-style library, Arrechea incorporates beach towels, illustrated with phrases “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is,” and “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated,” taken directly from Hemingway’s text. Materials like beach towels signal Arrechea’s mode of working site specifically, a process he prefers to reverse-engineer rather than approach in its more traditional context.
Aptly, this new commission embodies our ability to withstand relentless and enormous challenges and persist, even in the face of defeat. Relying on the architectural potential of a forum-style structure to reinforce these ideological messages, the installation is a continuation of Arrechea’s investigation of public spaces and their philosophical legacy as interpretative centers of power, hierarchy and social progress.
Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970, Trinidad, Cuba) is a Cuban artist whose work involves concepts of power and its network of hierarchies, surveillance, control, prohibitions, and subjection. For twelve years he was a member of the
art collective Los Carpinteros, until he left the group in July 2003 to continue his career as a solo artist. He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana in 1994. Arrechea’s work is remarkable in its interdisciplinary and inclusive nature, often creating pieces such as large installation works in museums or commissions for public spaces that invite the viewer to participate and physically engage with the works. The interdisciplinary quality of Arrechea’s work reveals a profound interest in the exploration of both public and domestic spaces. This quest has led him to produce
10 monumental sculptures of iconic New York buildings to emerge along the Park Avenue Malls (2013) and most recently a four building-like forms reposing within massive canary-yellow chairs, installed at the Coachella Valley (2016). Alexandre Arrechea graduated from Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in 1994 (Havana, Cuba). Arrechea's work is remarkable in its interdisciplinary and inclusive nature, often creating pieces such as large installation works in museums or commissions for public spaces that invite the viewer to participate and physically engage with the works. The artist also encourages more traditional contemplation through his sculptures or graphite and watercolour works on paperRecent solo exhibitions and projects include: Corners, at Galeria Nara Roesler, in New York (2019), USA; Higienopolis, at Casado Santapau Gallery (2018), in Madrid, Spain; Uninhabited Order, at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, in Miami (2018), USA.
His works are part of important public collections, such as: Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, USA; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; Museo del Barrio, New York, USA; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain.
FAENA ART is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that houses and produces post-disciplinary and time-based experiences. A catalyst for innovative, site-specific, and immersive creative practices, FAENA ART is a transformative bridge across the Americas, between the south and the north, the popular and the experimental, activism and research. FAENA ART fosters new models for performative social interaction that transcend the traditional boundaries of art, science, philosophy, and social practice.