3,000 recycled door hinges meld together to create Cuban artist Yoan Capote's supersized bust of Fidel Castro, Immanence. The recycled spectacle serves as the literal figurehead for the artist’s second solo exhibition Collective Unconscious, which opened May 28 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Sourcing the metallic joints directly from the island’s populous, the artist “went door to door offering people new hinges in exchange for their old ones,” says a gallery representative. The looming piece stands alongside the rest of the Capote’s highly symbolic and allusive show, containing many years of works including a gilt bronze hammer and sickle, cast bronze hands spelling out "Freedom" in sign language, and silver prints laid in porcelain urinals.
“Collective Unconscious explores history and the distinctive ways in which shared social experiences influence the individual,” explains the show’s press release. “Drawing on Carl Jung’s assertion that a person’s behavior and thoughts maintain an unconscious link with the past and its archetypes, Capote delves into his Cuban nationality while speaking to a universal experience.” Below, check out images from Yoan Capote's Collective Unconscious:
Abstinencia (Libertad), 2014, cast bronze and framed alphabet (engraving and drypoint) dimensions variable Edition of 5, with 2 artist proofs, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Pride, 2015, anvil, bronze figure, sledgehammer, 86 x 34 x 9 3/4 inches (figure) 33 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches (sledgehammer), Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Collective Unconscious runs until July 10 the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Click here to learn more.