Art of the (Every Other) Day: Details of Javier Marin’s “Chalchihuites – Dos Gotas de Agua”

  May 30th, 2011

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

       Javier Marin
       Chalchihuites – Dos Gotas de Agua, 2005 (?), Polyester resin and Iron
       Source: esteticofsenses.blogspot

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 

       Javier Marin
       Chalchihuites – Dos Gotas de Agua (detail), 2005 (?), Polyester resin and Iron
       Source: esteticofsenses.blogspot

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 

       Javier Marin
       Chalchihuites – Dos Gotas de Agua (detail), 2005 (?), Polyester resin and Iron
       Source: esteticofsenses.blogspot

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
      Here are details from Mexican sculptor Javier Marin’s “Chalchihuites – Dos Gotas de Agua” from a 2010 (I believe) exhibit in Brussels’ Musée d’Art Ancien. Many thanks to esteticofsenses.blogspot.com for these stunning and dramatic shots (be sure to click through to that site — in addition to more Marin shots, there’s plenty more great art photography to peruse).
      “Chalchihuites” consists of two huge iron rings, each full of resin busts, limbs, torsos and other body parts tied together by barbed wire, all fanning out from the center. The faces register horror, numbness, resignation, mute agony, absolute sorrow, many with barbed-wire spikes puncturing their cheeks, temples, nostrils. A casual Google search shows that Marin is a sculptor who isn’t afraid of massive scale and the kind of contorted, dramatic gestures associated with certain Hellenistic sculpture (say “Laocoön and His Sons”), works by Rodin, or El Greco’s paintings. In that regard, “Chalchihuites” fits right in with what I’ve seen of his work, taking that classical torture & agony & upping the intensity a notch or two. The polyester also adds a great deal to the power of the piece, especially close up: its meltedness suggests the decay of the flesh, and its ability to accept gouges, scratches and other lacerations readily conveys the longsuffering of the torture-wheel unfortunates.
      I can’t imagine seeing this live — the jpegs alone are so colossal, dense … loud. In fact, the piece’s scale, multitude & anachronistic style (though its anachronism is not a liability to this viewer, in fact I welcome it wholeheartedly in this & other of Marin’s works) overwhelm such that it takes us a bit to get to the real meat of the piece: who are these people? Are they delegates of the world’s oppressed, past present & future (especially those of the sculptor’s gang-crime- & poverty-ridden country)? Are they doing penance in some afterlife for unspeakable sins? Perhaps leftover scraps from the sculptors’ workshop strung up for display? Whatever the answer may be, as the title grimly indicates (“Dos Gotas de Agua” translates to “Two drops of water”), there’s plenty more where that came from.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please check out more of Marin’s sculpture at javiermarin.com.mx.

[posted by C Way at 6:35 PM]

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