written by Eddie Arroyo
This exhibition has been inhabited by these anamorphic creatures where the audicence is left to contemplate the function of each animal. What are they? This is the work of Enrique Gomez de Molina in his first solo exhibition at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery entitled This Is Not Taxidermy. I was first aware of his work at Spinello Projects about three years ago. De Molina’s sculptures caught the eye with such force it left me with a need to see it move in life and breath. Many in my company stated at the time that he was playing God and maybe so. After all, what is any form of creation but a version of this; to create a vision of what could be.
De Molina has a taxidermist father who worked for the Miami Museum Of Science. He recalled how his father’s sense of humor influenced his work. “I think seeing his sense of humor in a serious museum setting made me feel like what he was doing was more than just mounting animals – it was telling stories.”
It’s clear there is a narrative playing through each piece and much like all tales – open to interpretation.
Enrique Gomez de Molina
This Is Not Taxidermy
January 14th – February 29th, 2012
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery