Monday, August 02, 2010
Check out the latest pieces from Venezuelan artist Carlos Enriquez-Gonzalez. Some of these will be up for auction at the "Latin" Show in Phillips de Pury London Show. Excerpts from a recent interview with Carlos....
Where do you find your inspiration? How does this influence your work?
I think that I find inspiration in everything, but It’s natural, there are things that interest’s me more, specially in the 60´s and 70´s Japanese cartoons and TV shows that I saw on TV when I was a child, and Americans programs too of course. Programs like Astroboy, Magma Taishi, Ultraman, etc. I also find inspiration in my collection of Japanese vinyl kaiju toys, I collected it since 90’s. I have more than 3000 kaiju toys, which much of them are limited, vintage and relative new. My experience of life is a source of inspiration too, the richness of the different ways and visions of the reality, and how it those change constantly. And in another artists, to mentioned some of them, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Arturo Herrera, Andy Warhol, Mike Kelly, etc.
How would you describe your work? What are your figures about? What do you enjoy about your work?
My sculptures are about symbolic projections that can exist in other worlds and, or maybe, they come from the collective unconscious, who knows. For example, The Magical Vagina for me is the meaning of life, transformation, the vindication of the feminine and it’s power.
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Your work is influenced by Japanese children shows of the 70’s. What is the appealing about this culture?
I grow up with these shows. I think that is a very interesting culture, It has the ancestral wisdom and at the same time a very advance technology. It’s futuristic and spiritual. Like I said in my childhood I saw these series, Magma Taishi, Utraman, Astroby, Parman, The 8 man, and much more that aired on TV in southamerica. I like their esthetic, graphic design, the food, everything has much color.