Carlos Bunga and Robert Kinmont


Information: Carlos Bunga and Robert Kinmont, Oct 31, 2020 - Jan 16, 2021

Carlos Bunga and Robert Kinmont
Oct 31, 2020 – Jan 16, 2021


October 31, 2020 - January 16, 2021

Alexander and Bonin is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Carlos Bunga and Robert Kinmont. Integral to both artists’ practices are ideas related to their physical surroundings. Much of their work is process-oriented and responsive to the environment in which they are created. Employing simple materials, Bunga and Kinmont have made work that spans a wide range of media including sculpture, installation, photography, painting, and video. Often emphasizing the performative — and thereby temporal — aspect of the creative act, the artists push against traditional notions of the static art object.

Robert Kinmont (b. 1937 Los Angeles) grew up in the desert outside of Bishop, a small town in the Eastern Sierra region of California. This rural environment emerged as the artist’s muse and has provided the practical and conceptual foundation for his work, exemplified by his recurrent use of commonplace and natural elements such as wood, copper, and dirt. Kinmont uses these modest materials to explore the interdependency between man and nature. Between 1968 and 1981, he exhibited in galleries and institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; and the 1968 Sculpture Annual at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. During this time, his work was also included in two seminal exhibitions curated by Lucy Lippard: No. 7 at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (1969), and 557,087 at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Seattle (1969). After 1981, his work was not exhibited until its inclusion in Mirage, a group exhibition at Alexander and Bonin curated by Julie Ault and Martin Beck in 2005. Since then his work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus, Glarus; RaebervonStenglin, Zurich, as well as many group exhibitions at institutions such as Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City and Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Robert Kinomont. 8 Natural Handstands (detail)  1969/2009.
Carlos Bunga (b. 1976 Porto) makes work located at the point where architecture, painting, and performance meet. Often creating large, site-specific installations Bunga’s work touches on issues relating to demographics, immigration, socio-economic disparity, and the fragility of contemporary urban life. Bunga constructs works that evoke the impermanent nature of man-made structures and encourages viewers to rethink their experience of space and architecture. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Artists Space, New York (2005), New Museum, New York (2007), Artes Mundi 6 in Cardiff, UK (2013), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), and Guggenheim Bilbao (2016). He has had solo exhibitions at numerous museums, including Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011), Museu Serralves, Porto (2012), Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2013), Museo Amparo, Puebla (2014), Haus Konstruktiv Museum, Zurich (2015), the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2015) and the MAAT, Lisbon (2019), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2020), Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (2020), and Secession, Vienna (2020). The artist currently lives and works near Barcelona.

Carlos Bunga. Courtesy of MOCA Toronto.