Exhibition: Meso-Americhanics (Maneuvering Mestizaje) de la Torre Brothers and Border Baroque
Sept. 13, 2008 - Aug 16, 2009
Einar and Jamex de la Torre are a two-man bi-national renaissance. While the brothers travel back and forth between National City, California and Ensenada, Mexico on a weekly basis, they have been called Mexican, American, Californian, Chicano, and Latino. Yet, their "parallel appreciation of both cultures" and personal experiences lead them to create art free of labels and feeds their desire to preserve the "survival of the possibility of doing something new." They translate their creative passion and critical thinking into intensely collaborative, opulent and monumental blown glass "mix" media works. And, even though their art constantly addresses and questions complex issues, they love a joke, a visual pun, hidden symbols, and wordplay. For the de la Torre Brothers nothing - and everything - is sacred including politics, religion, tradition, and geographical location. Visually and socially timely, Einar and Jamex de la Torre have their fingers on the pulse of popular culture and excel in peeling off layers of the twenty-first century transnational world. Their edgy creations, fusions of glass, cast resin, popular arts, video, and dollar store treasures unmistakably defy designation and veer into a new place that might be known as Border Baroque.