L.A. Louver is pleased to present The Hunt’s Will, a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Enrique Martínez Celaya. Created over the past two years, these new works will be presented throughout L.A. Louver’s first and second floor galleries. An opening reception for the exhibition, which runs through January 3rd, 2013, will take place Saturday, November 17th from 5 to 8PM.
Martínez Celaya’s recent paintings and sculpture have rich narrative content that ranges from the grand to the seemingly insignificant. Each work conveys its own reality. They also interact with the other paintings and sculptures in the exhibition, offering a kaleidoscope of images as if drawn from an epic tale. Some images in the paintings belong to the imagination of a child: including ships, tigers, unicorns, dogs and birds. Other images, often in the same work, are associated with an experienced world vision: sea, ice, landscape, bullfighters, death. The friction that emerges amid these references incites surprise and nostalgia.
According to the artist, “During the years I have been working on this exhibition, I have been influenced by reflections on the life of Robert Frost, the writings of Karl Jaspers, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Hermann Ebbinghaus, Arthur Schopenhauer’s essay On Suicide, toys, and the design of Chinese night lights for children’s rooms. The biggest influence, however, was observing the twists and eddies of the movement of time.”
The title of the exhibition, The Hunt’s Will, refers to the overarching theme that imbues the work: the tension between will and choice, and how identity and longing binds this aspirational or traumatic discord. Each painting and sculpture conjures an ephemeral reality that draws on the ambiguous and mysterious forces at play as we move through life, while overlaid with accumulated memories. In the words of writer and curator Rosanna Albertini, “Enrique Martínez Celaya’s visions emerge from the unwritten layers of his pre, or unconscious mind, filled with stories that are neither matters of memory, nor matters of fact.”
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