JORGE MARIN: The Body As A Landscape

12.10 - 11.12.2011

EXCERPTS FROM THE FOREWORD OF THE MEXICAN WRITER

CARLOS FUENTES TO THE BOOK “THE FLIGHT” ON JORGE MARIN ́S SCULPTURE WORKS*

 

An alloy of copper and tin, bronze is a mixed metal. It is significant then that Jorge Marín uses bronze, works with it, as though it were the metal of our race, of our mestizo country. After all, we used to be referred to as “the bronze race.” Jorge Marín’s bronze art doesn’t so much lose this Mexican connotation as transcend it.

Marín gives wings to bronze sculpture: angel wings. His bronze angels are not outside of religious tradition. Angels appear in all belief systems. There are Jewish, Christian, and Muslim angels. Their population can be derived from astrology or passed down from Middle-Eastern monarchies: four, seven, twelve? The word angel is derived from the Greek word for

messenger.

The creations of Jorge Marín follow this command, which in his case is not divine, but “human, all too human.”

His angel-centaurs, unique in our iconography, are proof of this. Winged horses, woman-kidnapping horses who are condemned to exile in the moun- tains, from where they have descended, thanks to the works of Jorge Marín, to encounter those other perilous creatures, the sirens who tried to seduce Odysseus with song on his way home from Troy, forcing him to seal the ears of his sailors, rather like Orpheus had done in the saga of the Argonauts, defeating the sirens with his superior song.

 

Carlos Fuentes

* © NOT TO BE COPIED IN WHOLE OR PART

 

 

JORGE MARIN

 

Born in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico.

1980 B.A. in Graphic Design. National School of Plastic Arts – National Autonomous University of Mexico.

1982 B.A. in Art Restoration and Curatorship. National School of Restoration, Curatorship and Museology – National Institute of Anthropology and History/ Ministry of Education of Mexico.

The “Body as Landscape” has been previously exhibited in Lisbon (Museu da Agua, 2011); Barcelona (Mexican General Consulate, 2011); Madrid (Cultural Institute of Mexico, 2011); Mexico City (José Luis Cuevas Museum, 2010) and Los Angeles Ca. USA (Couturier Gallery, 2004), among others.

Other individual exhibitions: “Spring 2010 Exhibition” (Blackheat Gallery, London. UK, 2010); “Wings of the City” (Reforma Avenue, Mexico City, 2010); “Conversaciones” (Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles Ca. USA, 2010); “The Glory” (Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Florida, USA, 2007); “Corpus Oris” (Museum of Long Beach, Ca. USA, 2002); “Sculptures” (Henaine Fine Art, Port Chester, N.Y. USA, 2002); “Ceramic Portraits” (Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles Ca. USA, 1998).

Group exhibitions: “Presence of Mexico” (The Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, N.Y. USA, 2006); “7eme Mondiale de l ́Estampe et de la Gravure” (Chamalieres, France, 2006); “Palm Beach Contemporary” (The Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Palm Beach, Ca. USA, 2005).

International Collections: The Franklin Companies, Los Angeles, Ca. USA; Jerry Emanuel, Singapore; Rudy Bleys, Belgium; Alberto Cardemil, Chile; Novaes, Brazil; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Ca. USA; The Rockefeller Foundation, USA.

Permanent Collections: Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mexico; Modern Arts Museum, Mexico City; Carillo Gil Museum, Mexico; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Ca. USA.

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