“We despise all reverences and all the objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our own list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us.”
-’Following the Equator’ by Mark Twain
Artists and brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre bring their inventive, irreverent, inspired glass and mixed media works—rife with tongue-in-cheek religious iconography and and pop-cultural references—to Mindy Solomon Gallery in ‘Home for the Holidays.’ The exhibition is on view from December 22, 2012-February 2, 2013, with an Opening Night Reception Saturday, December 22 from 6-8:30PM, and Artists’ Talk at 6:30PM.
The blown and cast glass sculptural works featured in this program are largely taken from the de la Torres’ 2012 exhibition at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to the museum works, the brothers’ recent explorations in digital art and mixed media round out ‘Home for the Holidays’ at Mindy Solomon Gallery. The works on display showcase the multiplicity of their religious and political story, always with an eye toward humor. One example of note is the sculpture ‘Animaluchador’ (2008). In Spanish, ‘anima’ translates to souls burning, and ‘luchador’ means wrestler. The figure appears to be standing in a religious pose of prayer, but is wearing the costume of a wrestler. His body is engulfed in flames, while he stands astride a pop-cultural doll. The relationship between religious icon and heroic figure (masquerading as an object of significance) personifies the de la Torres’ irreverence for cultural iconography as nothing more than cartoon. This objectification of symbolic masculine and spiritual strength enables viewers to tackle their own senses of religious alienation with candor and humor.
The baroque quality of many of the de la Torres’ forms is the perfect foil for the contemporary nature of the dialogue conveyed by their narrative: a conversation rich in history, religion, and politics. Active in the glass art world since the 1980s, Einar and Jamex de la Torre are well-known for their assemblage style of making. They utilize hot glass as if it were a magic wand flowing with liquid amber―brilliant colors fused together with a nod to the grotesque. Their unique approach has been recognized internationally, and the brothers have exhibited their work in France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, and Brazil as well as in the US and Mexico. They are included in the permanent collections of some of the finest glass art institutions in the world.
Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘Home for the Holidays: The Inventive, Irreverent, Inspired Works of the de la Torre Brothers‘ December 22, 2012-February 2, 2013. An Opening Night Reception takes place Saturday, December 22, from 6-8:30pm, with Artists’ Talk at 6:30pm.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 124 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at email@example.com or 727-502-0852.