Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho)Untitled, 2017
Mixed media on canvas, 108 x 84 cm.
[…] Kcho’s brush sculpts the image in his usual earthen palette of red clay, charcoal and graphite. Popularized by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and other mid-twentieth century artists, the shaped canvas was traditionally a means of breaking illusory boundaries, of exploring compositional alternatives to those offered by the traditional canvas rectangle. In Kcho’s case, the shaped canvas works in reverse. By transforming the sculptural imagery that is often associated with his work into something two-dimensional, Kcho undertakes a personal migration. A hard-edged and utilitarian object –a boat propeller for example– becomes fragile, illusory, more of a quiet personal reflection than a grandiose artistic announcement […]. 1
1. Rosa Lowinger, “The Elements of Migration: Reflections on the Work of Kcho.”