Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jorge Marin - The Body as a Landscape

With over 25 years of artistic work, he has successfully entered into Mexico's artistic scene and has become a representative of figurative international sculpture.

Marin’s remarkable career has included over 150 exhibitions in Latin America, North America and Europe.

The sculptures of Jorge Marin reflect in bronze the intrinsic strength and force that emanates from its creation and permits him to construct dynamic bodies, full of movement, which challenge gravity and rotate in space supported on one point.

 There is a constant subject in Jorge Marin’s sculpture, which is the body as an entity containing the spirit, always appearing in the splendor of its physical state. The being is always explained by what contains it, the body.

Today, the body is conceived more as a space than an object in and of itself. It is the scenario of the human struggle as well as its synthesis and its memory. Thus, the human figure narrates humanity’s own becoming, and the body is, after all, simply landscape.

His work also represents the struggle between the coldness of bronze and the diverse emotions that his subject's evocate: the perfect balance of the equilibrists and his winged figures has become his particular seal. While it is true that his series of bodies tends to be based on the triumph of their acrobatic postures, metaphorically these bodies are speaking and surrendering to the temptation of risk and the prophecy of failing and falling down from this dubious paradise in which we live.

Another notable trait in his work is the mask, an attempt to depersonalize his sculptures and become another medium of expression of a body that contains universal symbols in itself.

“My artistic proposition follows my vision and perception of the world, how I interpret it and how I see it. From there, I dealt diverse topics, always related to the people of the 20th and 21st century, that is to say contemporary. It is also possible to say that they are questions of the man of all the times – as the paternity, the game, the balance, the fear, the love, the hatred, etc.”

He currently exhibits "Wings of a City" in Mexico City, which opened in 2010, and another of his exhibits, "The Body as a Landscape", has been shown in museums and galleries throughout Europe since 2011, including Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Istanbul, Berlin, Brussels Budapest, Timisoara, and will be shown in St Petersburg and Brussels .  His work is currently on permanent exhibition at R E Welch Gallery in Seattle.

R E Welch Fine Art Gallery