OPENING: Opening Reception, Sat, January 12, 6-8pm
Renowned Mexican sculptor Jorge Marín returns to Couturier Gallery with his seventh solo show, Reflection & Balance. The exhibition features new bronze and stone sculptures as well as recent works showcasing his arsenal of figural subjects including garudas, equilibrists, and horses, with the elemental features that he is best known for, such as boats, masks, wings and spheres. The 10 bronze works in this show are a testament to his classical portrayal of the human form in a decidedly modern context. The opening reception will be Saturday, January 12th from 6-8pm.
Reflection & Balance is a mix of new and recent bronze works by the artist who has spent 25 years in the contemporary art scene. Several new pieces incorporate crag stone bases with detailed figures, and recent works offer the viewer a spectrum of styles and forms, which highlight the artist’s enigmatic and surrealistic approach to figurative work. He explains:
"By coordinating the bodies, segment by segment, I attempt to give my sculptures a voice of their own, which communicates something different to each spectator."
"I have found in bronze an intrinsic power that allows me to build dynamic bodies, bodies full of movement, which challenge gravity by rotating in space and balancing themselves with minimal support."
In 2010, a public exhibition of 13 monumental bronze sculptures entitled “The Wings of the City,” was installed opposite the Museum of Anthropoloy in Pasea de la Reforma, Mexico. The outdoor exhibition was a huge success garnering national and international attention, so much so that one of the works, a pair of angel wings, weighing 1,000 lbs each, was adopted as the symbol of the city. Since that time, Jorge Marín’s “Wings” have been erected in other cities, including Tel Aviv and in Los Angeles.
Jorge Marín, born in 1963 in Michoacán, Mexico, comes from a distinguished family of artists and is himself a renowned sculptor and painter in Mexico. A graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Conservacion, Restauracion y Museographica “Manuel del Castillo Negrete”, INAH-SEP, México, D.F., he spent several years in museums doing conservation and restoration before dedicating his full attentions to his own artwork. His works have been exhibited at the Museo de Arte Moderno, México; Museo Universitario del Chopo, México; Museo Monterrey, N.L., México; Museo MARCO, Monterrey, México; Museo Nacional de la Estamapa, México; Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Ca.
Marin’s work is included in a number of important public collections including: Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, México, D.F., México; Museo de Arte Moderno, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México, D.F., México; Museo de la Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público, Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado, Mexico; Museo Universitario del Chopo, UNAM, México, D.F., México; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY; Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, México, D.F., México; The Franklin Companies, Los Angeles, CA.
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