Art. Burning as it were a lamp, a project by Enrique Martinez Celaya on view during Art Basel Miami Beach. November 23, 2013 – January 16, 2014. Opening reception Saturday, November 23, 7-9 PM.
Fredric Snitzer Gallery. 2249 NW 1st Place. Miami, FL 33127 www.snitzer.com
The exhibition takes as its starting point one sculpture of a bronze boy with circular holes cut from his metal shell. Three of the walls are tiled in mirrors so that, although only the back of the boy can be seen initially, the reflection reveals that he is crying into a pool of his own tears. The mirrors also introduce a mid-format vertical painting of a burnt angel crashing into the sea, which hangs on the fourth wall behind the crying boy.
As the viewer moves through the installation, the relationship between subject and object is destabilized by the interplay of painted surface, reflected imagery, and sculptural object. Doubled in the mirror and gazed upon by real and depicted subjects, the works are sources of both spatial ambiguity and self-identification. Through the activation and reordering of the various affective, symbolic, and structural registers of the installation, Martínez Celaya seeks to both dislocate and affirm the viewer’s relation to the work and, consequently, their own identity.
**Enrique Martinez Celaya new studio: 2105 North Miami Avenue. Miami, Florida 33127.