Formed in 1991, and working since 1994 under the moniker of Los Carpinteros, which they adopted as a nod to traditional craftsmen's guilds, Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés (born 1971) and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez (born 1969) renounce individual authorship to sabotage the disciplines of design and architecture from within. Their elegant and mordantly humorous sculptures, which attain high standards of craftsmanship assert a deadpan non-functionality: a crazily undulating wooden bookshelf, a filing cabinet with an impossibly deep drawer, or stereo speaker cones transformed into billboard hoardings. By putting functional and serious disciplines to nonfunctional and humorous ends, Los Carpinteros offer a preposterized world in which objects seem to have swapped bodies with other objects. For the first time, that world is presented in depth, in this excellent monograph. The book is published by Walther König and edited by Gudrun Ankele and Daniela Zyman/Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.
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