Watch the interview with Carlos about his current show Sacred Trip at Toy Art Gallery.
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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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……??
Steve Agin talks about Toy Art at the Philips de Pury NOW auction for the “Man With The Golden Gavel” special on BBC Four. We see lots of our favorites in the clip, including work from Bob Conge, KAWS, Bwana Spoons, and more. Carlos’s “Brain Vagina” is featured, along with a short glimpse of his Astro Boy.
If you’re in the UK, you can view the whole program here. If you’re not, you’re out of luck like us. If anyone has a copy or can get a copy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!