Watch the interview with Carlos about his current show Sacred Trip at Toy Art Gallery.
The Sacred Trip preview has just been posted and can be viewed here. Lots of amazing work in the show, including this camoflauge installation. Can you spot the Astros?
“Sacred Trip” opens tonight at 7 PM. See you there!
Toy Art Gallery is proud to present “Sacred Trip”, new work by Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez. “Sacred Trip” continues Gonzalez’s exploration of the divide (or lack thereof) between Man and God, man and woman, and toy and art. Gonzalez’s work challenges the viewer with an intermingling of grotesque, sexual, and childlike symbols, which together produce wholly original, substantially, and more importantly, beautiful works of art.
“The sacred trip, the light and the darkness.
Look up the universe’s mysterious unknown.
Nothing is like it seems. What is outside is inside, what is inside is outside.”
Among the materials used by the artist for his work are fiber glass, plastic, automotive paint, crystal, gold, platinum, diamond, metal and raw meat; connecting an aesthetic three-dimensional finish with more organic materials. Mushrooms, eyes, monsters, brains, human parts, sacred elements, and sexual organs are some of the symbols that refer to the artist’s world, as well as his concerns on energy, power, intuition, parallel worlds, multidimensionality, and tunnels of time, all reflected in his work in a provocative and transgressive manner.
Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1968. He studied in the “School of Visual Arts Cristóbal Rojas” (1989, Caracas , Venezuela ), “Art Student League of New York ” (2001, New York , NY. USA), and a Master of Practice and Review of Contemporary Visual Representation Systems from the “University Institute of Higher Education on Plastic Arts Armando Reverón” (2002, Caracas , Venezuela ).
“Sacred Trip” opens January 21st 2011, from 7-11 PM, and runs through February 19th.
Toy Art Gallery
737 Seward St. #1
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Pieces from the Red Carpet Kaiju are now up in the store! Lots of great work is still available from a host of awesome artists, including: Alimana, Blobpus, Bob Conge, Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez, Dead Presidents, Emilio Garcia, Gatchabert, Ilanena, Keith Fulmis, Lil Japan, Mark Nagata, OsirisOrion, Paul Kaiju, Pico Pico, Toshikazu Nozaka, Velocitron, Yamazakura, and Yosuke Ueno!
Also in the store is our exclusive Red and Gold mini Jumping Brain from Emilio Garcia, and Hierophany, Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez’s first vinyl figure.
The preview for our Red Carpet Kaiju show is now up, so head on over to the preview page to see all the amazing work, along with prices and ordering instructions;
Also, make sure to come out tomorrow night, Saturday Sept. 4th from 7-11 PM PST for our reception. We’ll have the Fresh Fries food truck out, as well as music, drinks, the works!
Big show opening next week; RED CARPET KAIJU! Tons of amazing toys, customs, prints and paintings, all inspired by Japanese monsters! Here’s the all-star artist list: Akoart (Japan), Alimana (Mexico), Blobpus (Japan), Bob Conge/Plaseebo, Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez (Venezuela), Emilio Garcia (Spain), Lil Japan, Ilanena (Japan), L’amour Supreme, LASH, Mark Nagata, Matt Walker, Paul Kaiju, Pico Pico (Japan), Toshikazu Nozaka (Japan), Tulip (Japan), Uamou (Japan), Velocitron (Japan), Yamazakura (Japan) and more.
We’ll also be premiering our new toy brand TAG TOYS with releases by Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez and Mark Nagata!
The show opens Saturday Sept. 4 at 7PM, so come on out and show your KAIJU love!
Stay tuned to our show page for more info and sign up for our newsletter to be on the preview list.
We here at TAG are very excited to be working with the internationally-renowned artist Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez on a variety of extremely cool projects. Carlos visited us from Venezuela this past week, bearing a bevy of his insane, pychedelic and beautiful kaiju-inspired figures including the Brain Mushroom, the Vagina Head and the Brain Vagina. One of the main focuses of Carlos’ trip was to work on the aforementioned very cool, very secret projects, all of which will be revealed on the blog in the coming weeks!
Here are a few shots of Carlos with his pieces around the gallery, including one of TAG’s very first acquisitions, the exquisite Belzor. Stay tuned to the blog for more Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez, including our recent trip to Japan and Carlos’ very first……??