Alejandro Guzman focuses his artistic practice on the idea of creative misunderstandings through art. Guzman uses performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and video to explore his interest in human nature, behavior, migration, consumption and materialism. A Puerto Rican artist living and working in New York there are cultural and historical references to indigenous folklore traditions, colonialism and storytelling combined with European and American modernism throughout Guzman’s work.
Also interested in shared human experiences, Guzman designs performances and art objects that offer experience and provoke thought. For his exhibition, Intellectual Derelict, Guzman created a sculptural performance object, a dual character, one half covered in colorful flowers and drawings and the other in mirrors and black-and-white drawings. The figure was involved in three performances that were meant to enhance a viewer’s experience with the natural world. For another performance for AD Projects, Guzman wore a modified Vejigante mask. El Vejigante is a historical figure generally part of Puerto Rican festivals. He was born out of Spanish Christianity, West African Yoruba rites and Taino aesthetics. The figure both embraces and resists his multifaceted roots and represents the ability to live both inside and outside society.
Always incorporating industrial and natural materials as well as his own drawings and sculptures, Guzman’s creations and performances are thoughtful, insightful and visually engaging.