Alexandre Nunes is a Portuguese-born Canadian sculptor whose practice examines the notion of appropriation and alteration of objects. His work, that can often be activated by the public, is made of found objects, modified to change their usual function, meanings and our perception of them.
With Punch, Alexandre Nunes invites the spectator to position himself on a raised platform and insert a card into a punch clock. The clock, attached to what seems to be a piece of its original support, no longer tells the time, but instead offers a message. Punching the clock makes the spectator reflect upon his or her professional choices and more broadly, the world of work. Alexandre Nunes’ sculptures are always objects-in-waiting: Beyond their esthetic merits, their purpose is to establish contact with the public and offer them a different take on reality; but without the spectator’s physical participation, the work remains mute and retains its secrets.
Picture by Alexandre Nunes