HAVANA._ Enterprising and provocative, Cuban sculptor and installation artist Tomás “Johny” Núñez shines at Zona Franca (Duty-free Zone), a mega exhibition of the 12th Art Biennial running in Havana until June 22.
Under the title Renacimiento (Renaissance), his first personal exhibit at Cuba’s largest visual arts event consists of recycled materials that acquire conceptual utility, giving way to many different interpretations through a language permeated by humor and reflection.
Núñez uses old toys, plastic bottles, old and wormeaten wood, frames, ropes, and other disposable materials, which he combines using the collage technique.
Twelve of his pieces are shown at Hall J-8 of the San Carlos de La Cabaña Fortress; every one of them leading to different interpretations. In broad terms, however, symbolism and analogy characterize his work.
One of them, Tiempo perdido (Lost Time), deals with human maturity and the chronological counting of attained goals, dissatisfactions, and unaccomplished objectives.
Meanwhile, Oveja negra (Black Sheep) calls attention to issues such as discrimination, social exclusion, and marginalization through rubber animals.
The work Sueños perturbados (Disturbed Dreams) shows a person sleeping on a cloud, while, out of a box emerge intertwined arms in a state of intense agitation.
In remarks to the Prensa Latina news agency, Núñez highlighted that collage is one the main techniques he uses for his art.
He has dedicated a lot of time to this technique in recent months, letting his imagination flow in all directions in his three-dimensional pieces.
His most important piece at Havana’s Art Biennial , however, is a mega- installation made with recycled objects.
It is a kind of factory using raw material to create a finished product, with certain dramatic quality that contributes to the visual experience.
Tomás Núñez (Havana, 1973) is a self-taught ceramist, painter, and sculptor who has taken part in more than 70 collective exhibits, while over a dozen of his personal ones have been on display in Cuba and abroad.
This is the second time he participates in the Havana Biennial. In the 2012 edition he organized the project “Alboroto quieto,” (Quiet Disturbance) which brought 37 artists from different manifestations together around one common art form: ceramics.Share on FB Share on TT