Javier Marin Installation
J. Johnson Gallery presented a collection of Javier Marín’s newest work that fuses the seemingly contrasting influences of the artist’s past and present.
The exhibition presented sculptures created specifically for the Jacksonville Beach gallery based on the monumental works from the Pietrasanta show. Three small-scale equestrian sculptures, perched atop stilts like their larger counterparts allowing the artist and viewer closer interaction with the final product, were included. These figures were reminiscent of the inexpensive plastic horses or pieces from a board game Marín played with as a child.
A series of busts inspired by Greek mythology and the part man, part goat figure of Pan explored the complex relationship between humans and animals. As a figurative sculptor Marín enjoys playing with traits of human anatomy and identifying possible connections with characteristics found animals that allow a deeper understanding of humanity.
Another series focusing on hair inspired by the elaborate wigs associated with the aristocratic French courts of Louis XIV addressed notions of luxury, power and consumption. These sculptures also evoked the plastic wigs Marín recalls his sisters playing with as children or those that can be found today in street markets in México City.
Two pair of large torsos and an accompanying set of maquettes were also featured. Marín sculpts without models, instead referencing a wealth of anatomical knowledge built up over years of classical training that involved drawing and sculpting from life. His iconographical figurative works are not prescribed, but emotional, raw and real as if Javier Marín pours vitality into each during the casting process. His classical yet contemporary sculptures are not bronze or polyester resin, simply human.