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Untitled, from Serie Piedras [Rock Series]

2000
20th century
50.1 cm x 65.3 cm (19 3/4 in. x 25 11/16 in.)

Kcho (aka Alexis Leyva Machado) (Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, 1970 - ) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Cuban
Medium and Support: Ink on paper
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Fran Magee, 2008
Accession Number: 2008.111

Best known for his large-scale installations and sculptures, Kcho uses commonplace objects such as oars, boats, and debris from his native Cuba in his works. These humble materials allude to the massive migration of Cubans from that country following Fidel Castro’s rise to power. Kcho’s Serie piedras [Rock Series] translates this sculptural vocabulary onto paper. While avoiding a direct statement about Cuban emigration, the oversized rock crushing and shattering a wood table and oar clearly references the dangers faced by Cubans who attempt to flee the country by sea.

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