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Alexandre Estrela

Lisbon, Portugal. 1971
Exhibition Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Exhibition Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Exhibition Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Exhibition Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Zé dos Bois, Lisbon.
Exhibition Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Zé dos Bois, Lisbon.
Exhibition Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Zé dos Bois, Lisbon.
Exhibition Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Belgium.
Exhibition Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Belgium.
Exhibition Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Belgium.
Exhibition Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Belgium.
Exhibition Pockets of Silence
2015. Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid. Spain.
Exhibition Pockets of Silence
2015. Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid. Spain.
Exhibition Pockets of Silence
2015. Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid. Spain.
Exhibition Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Museu. Porto. Portugal.
Exhibition Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Museu. Porto. Portugal.
Exhibition Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Museu. Porto. Portugal.
The Golden Record (All and Everything)
2017. 4/3 Full HD video, projection on prepared screen, stereo sound.
Detail of The Golden Record (All and Everything)
2017. 4/3 Full HD video, projection on prepared screen, stereo sound.
Vidro Duplo
2018. Glass, Transducer, HD projector, Media Player, Sound.
Detail ofVidro Duplo
2018. Glass, Transducer, HD projector, Media Player, Sound.
Faca na Água
2017. HD Video projection and still cable loop, color, Silent.
Detail of Faca na Água
2017. HD Video projection and still cable loop, color, Silent.
Aquario
2010. Video projection, Plexiglass screen, paper, colour, stereo sound Music: Alvin Lucier, Barbecue Grill
Detail of Flauta
2010. Full HD anaglyph video projection on wooden screen, loop, mono sound.
Flauta
2010. Full HD anaglyph video projection on wooden screen, loop, mono sound.
Le Moiré
2010. Video projection, DVD (PAL), glass screen, colour, mono sound, loop.
Detail of Le Moiré
2010. DVD (PAL) Video projection on glass prepared Screen, Colour, Loop, Mono Sound.
Ikebana
Film. Variable dimensions.
Solar Watch
2006. Video Projection on Aluminium sculpture, color, Loop, Silent.
Solar Watch
2006. Video Projection on Aluminium sculpture, color, Loop, Silent.
I to Infinity
2006. Single channel video projection on screen, DVD (PAL), color, silent, endless.
TV Burner
2006. 1 Still transferred to DVD (PAL), CRT Monitor, Endless.
Stargate
2002. DVD (NTSC) Video projection, Colou, Loop, Stereo Sound.
The Nails' Feedback
1998. Video Projection and two nails, b/w, loop, Silent.
Detail of The Nails' Feedback
1998. Video Projection and two nails, b/w, loop, Silent.

Alexandre Estrela’s work expands spatially and temporally through different supports. Each piece is a reflection on the “image” itself as an autonomous entity that cannot be merely reduced to the field of representation.

In his videos and installations Estrela examines the subject’s psychological reactions to images in its interaction with matter. Each piece has several layers to which we are initiated step by step. The works are not just there to be watched, but rather to be unfolded. Each piece convokes synesthetic experiences, visual and sound illusions, aural and chromatic sensations that function as perceptive traps, leading the subject towards conceptual levels.

Estrela is constantly problematizing the elements that constitute the act of perceiving, splitting vision into further sensible dimensions towards the unseen and the unheard.

His work is strongly rooted in Art History and its modernist champions, while nurturing an approach to basic science, from behavioural neurosciences, to physics and acoustics, but also alchemy, science fiction, existing and non-existent optical treatises, etc. Nonetheless, what essentially gives many of his works a peculiar characteristic is Estrela´s repeated use of images from nature and landscapes, and their connection with varied technology of recording and reproduction, sometimes explored to the limits of legibility and denaturation.

Recent solo exhibitions include Lua Cão (with Gusmão + Paiva), at Kunstverein München, an exhibition initiated at Zé Dos Bois in Lisbon in 2017 that will travel to La Casa Encendida in Madrid at the end of 2018; Knife in the Water, Travesía Cuatro Madrid, 2018, Ouro Mouro, Quetzal Art Centre, Vidigueira, Portugal, curated by Luíza Teixeira da Freitas; Baklite, 2017 at CAV Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra; Cápsulas de silencio, 2016, Fisuras Program, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain; Roda Lume, 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp M HKA, Belgium; Meio Concreto, 2013, at Museu Serralves in Porto; Um homem entre quatro paredes, 2013, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; The Sunspot Circle, 2013 at The Flat Time House, London, UK; Alexandre Estrela: Subjective Projections, 2011, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany, among others.

The artist has also participated in numerous group shows in institutions and biennales such as:  Anozero – Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, 2017; L’exposition d’un Rêve, 2017, at Gulbenkian Foundation Paris, ACMI Melbourne and TATE Modern, a project by Mathieu Copeland; Hallucinations, Documenta 14, Athens, 2017, festival curated by Ben Russel, etc.

Since 2007, Alexandre Estrela is the director and programmer of a non-profit art venue in Lisbon called Oporto.

The Golden Record (All and Everything)
2017. 4/3 Full HD video, projected on half sphere, stereo sound.
Aquario
2010. Video projection, Plexiglass screen, paper, colour, stereo sound Music: Alvin Lucier, Barbecue Grill
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein. Munich. Germany.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels
Le Moiré
2010. Video projection, DVD (PAL), glass screen, colour, mono sound, loop.
O Som No Ar, 2010, Plexiglass, paper, HD projector, mono sound
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Flauta
2010. Full HD anaglyphic video projection, colour, mono sound, loop, wooden structure.
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Solar Watch
2006, Video projection on aluminium sculpture, s/ som.
Vidro Duplo
2018, Glass, transducer, HD projector, media player.
Knife in the water
2018. Travesia Cuatro. Madrid. Spain.
Ikebana
Film. Variable dimensions.
I to Infinity
2006. Single channel video projection on screen, DVD (PAL), color, silent, endless.
News

PUBLICATIONS | LUA CAO | ALEXANDRE ESTRELA | KUNSTVEREIN MUNICH

Publication of the exhibition book  Lua Cão
ALEXANDRE ESTRELA
Kunstverein Munich
available at the museum’s bookshop

TRAVESÍA CUATRO AT FRIEZE NY | BOOTH 4D

Travesía Cuatro | Frieze NY | BOOTH 4D
ALEXANDRE ESTRELA, ELENA DEL RIVERO, JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE, MATEO LÓPEZ, JOSE DÁVILA, JOHN ISAACS, SARA RAMO
Mayo 3, 2018 – Mayo 6, 2018

 

DOCUMENTA 14, ATENAS, GRECIA | ALEXANDRE ESTRELA

Inside documenta 14 Athens, curated by Ben Russel and ending July 16,  Alexandre Estrela took part in Hallucinations, last Saturday, June 24 at 5pm. Hallucinations is a three-day festival of live cinema, AV projection, and expansive performance featuring hypnagogic works by over 15 artists, musicians, filmmakers and curators from around the globe.