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Alexandre Estrela

Lisbon, Portugal. 1971
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein. Munich. Germany.
Lua Cão
2017. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Zé Dos Bois, Lisbon
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels.
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels.
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels.
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels.
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels.
Pockets of Silence
2015. Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid. Spain.
Pockets of Silence
2015. Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid. Spain.
Pockets of Silence
2015. Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid. Spain.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
The Golden Record (All and Everything)
2017. 4/3 Full HD video, projected on half sphere, stereo sound.
Faca na Água
2017. HD Video Projection , color, silent, loop, painted cable. Variable measures.
Vidro Duplo
2018, Glass, transducer, HD projector, media player.
Balastro
2016. Video projection over painting on paper.
Rabbit -Tuck
2016. Hd Video projected over glass.
Inversao Polar
2011. 16 mm film, coleur, silent, loop.
Aquario
2010. Video projection, Plexiglass screen, paper, colour, stereo sound Music: Alvin Lucier, Barbecue Grill
Le Moiré
2010. Video projection, DVD (PAL), glass screen, colour, mono sound, loop.
Moondog
2010. 80 slides, metal screen, CD, Arion Mirage 901 controller
Flauta
2010. Full HD anaglyphic video projection, colour, mono sound, loop, wooden structure.
Ikebana
Film. Variable dimensions.
O Cobra Verde
2009. Single channel video projection, DVD (PAL), colour, stereo sound. Variable dimensions.
Merda
2006. Video projection on screen.
Solar Watch
2006, Video projection on aluminium sculpture, s/ som.
I to Infinity
2006. Single channel video projection on screen, DVD (PAL), color, silent, endless.
Stargate
2002. Single channel video projection, Mini-DV Cam transferred to DVD (NTSC), 3' 50''. 400 x 300 cm.
TV Burner
2002. 1 image still transferred to DVD (PAL), 1 CRT monitor, endless. CRT monitor is not included.
The Nails' Feedback
1998. Single channel video projection, MOV, b/w, silent, loop, 2 nails. 70 x 52.5 cm.

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 Gusmao + Paiva), currently on view at Kunstverein München, it was initiated at Zé Dos Bois in Lisbon in 2017 and 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 the studio Oporto, a non-profit screening room located in Lisboa.

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.