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Finding a spent fire extinguisher in your front garden may not seem like the best way to start the day, but for Esteban Alvarez, it is just this sort of everyday occurence that he uses as the source for his work. Through a process involving chnages in context, a healthy dose of irony and layered metaphors, he transforms or re-presents an object or situation in order to give voice to larger concerns.

In this case, the disguarded fire extinguisher becomes the central figure in an unfolding saga (Alvarez winds up adopting it) that speaks in more general terms about where an unwanted responsibility eventually falls, and about something that is undesirable yet kept under strict surveillance. Born and educated in Buenos Aires, Alvarez exhibits internationally and is currently participating in a group show in the Cubitt Gallery in London.