Six neon sculptures and nine 13 x 18 x 1" resin sculptures comprise the collaborative project between Alejandro Diaz and Dorfman+.
Alejandro Diaz is recognized for his recurrent use of everyday materials, his humor infused politics, and his ongoing involvement with art as a form of entertainment, public intervention, and free enterprise. Diaz began making and selling his now iconic cardboard signs on the streets of Manhattan in the late 90s and more recently translated them into a compelling series of colorful neons.
"My text-based works rely on quotations and selections of language that are meant to be economic and dialectic in quality: to lift, verbalize, and draw ideas from broad societal and linguistic frameworks of everyday languages."
Diaz's art refers to, and is rooted in various currents of the art world and art historical movements such as Arte Povera: an experimental and radical art movement of the late sixties attacking institutions of culture, industry, and government through art. The movement possessed an aesthetic of hunger and adversity that was executed through the use of everyday materials, economic forms, and political concepts.
"My text pieces are meant to be a Lite version of these strategies. I am interested in creating and drawing attention to existing social and linguistic dichotomies in my work by using phrases that are political yet campy, poetic yet pathetic, serious yet banal." This body of text drawings and signs can best be described as Povera Lite.