Alexandra Rojas: Dismantled





January 15 – February 15, 2011

Opening reception: Saturday, January 15, 6 – 8 PM                                     

A Gathering of the Tribes is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Alexandra Rojas, on view at Tribes 285 East Third Street space.

For her first solo show, Colombian artist Alexandra Rojas (born 1977) exhibits a decade-long project, Dismantled. Her abstract, sculptural pieces --- which she simply refers to as “drawings” --- incorporate cement, rubber, wax and her own hair. Rojas has been a member of Bullet Space: An Urban Artist Collaborative since 2000. Her work has recently been shown at Exit Art as part of their Alternative Histories show as well as at Bullet Space for Continuum, a two-person show with David Row. She lives and works in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Evidencing her concern for process, Dismantled makes use of the remnants of Rojas’ hygienic rituals. Having harvested her own hair for a span of ten years, she uses the twisting strands, not unlike the double helix of DNA, to “draw” on blocks of cement, which have been refined and polished and act as a canvas to her expression. For Rojas, hair, the dead cells of a human body, reveals the strength of self; lingering within their crypts of concrete, these strands not only expose mortality but also celebrate it. Having “dismantled” the  habits of her daily life and revealed the underlying loss, Rojas offers a plaintive yet exquisite vision of individual life and human texture.

A Gathering of the Tribes 285 East Third Street                                                                                           (Between Ave C & D)#2 NewYork, NY 10009                                                   Phone: (212) 674–3778