Capitalizing on their always prescient, tongue-in-cheek perspective on Colonial History, the de la Torres explore a juxtaposition of consumerist gluttony and the Sunshine State population’s obsession with eternal youth and vitality. Utilizing the medium of lenticular technology, Einar and Jamex de la Torre create vibrant images of raw meat, celebrity personas, and historical artifacts to articulate a dizzying array of fantastical images that transition between varying states of reality.
Einar de la Torre states:
“It always surprises us when somebody dies in the US, there are no reminders of death—even the cemeteries look like golf courses and parks. Nowhere else do you see a culture so obsessed with youth. We like to say that America is a young country; America is not so young anymore. Nowadays, it is acting more like a perpetually juvenile middle-ager—immature adults are never a pretty sight, the best example of this is in our current election.
“The fabled Fountain of Youth reflects our national disdain for aging. It is more than a little ironic that Ponce de Leon’s fountain should be situated in Florida, a state that has more than its share of retirees. We believe it is high time we started listening to the wisdom of elders, and started acting our age. Our recent lenticular body of work reflects this, and the parallel topic ‘Sloth’ that is the theme for our next museum exhibit in Aarhus, Denmark (designated cultural capital for the European Union 2017, opening in February).”
Choosing to focus on lenticulars exclusively for this exhibition will be a departure from previous shows, as the brothers have always utilized hot glass as one of their primary media. Expanding their artistic reach beyond the traditional craft realm, they see themselves as representative of the contemporary Latin American artistic vanguard. The de la Torre brothers will be the featured inaugural exhibition at the new Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, DC in 2018. They have received national and international acclaim and professional recognition, including a USA Artist award, Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, and a Joan Mitchell award.