Mexican artist Javier Marin lives large on a side street off the main plaza in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. In a recent post we published a photo of one of his larger-than-life bronze heads, and many readers were intrigued and asked for more information on the art and artist.
Marin was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico in 1962. His works have been exhibited all over the world, and his massive sculptures are a perfect art form to attract attention on busy city streets. As for these particular sculptures, we thought the exhibit placard summed it up nicely.
Javier Marin, Sculptures in Public Spaces
“Cities have become territories for artistic exploration. The dynamic and changing urban space of a city offers multiple opportunities for artists to react beyond its physical form and treat it as a social space subject to all kinds of human processes.
Nowadays, cities are one of the largest memory containers that exist. Their sidewalks, buildings, population migrations, pollution, destruction, new profiles and ever changing maps, reflect the traces of their inhabitant’s activity and thought. Cities have allowed us to understand the phenomenon of memory as something changeable and diffuse, as a complex, collective imaginary that moves away from official history and constructs itself by endless intangible micro stories.
Under these premises, Javier Marin’s project seeks to occupy public spaces in order to alter the nature and provoke encounters with art, thus enrich the visual consumption of the city.” –Aurora Norena
We love the concept of cities as memory containers, and these wonderful sculptures brought us to a part of the city that we might have just walked by. And this art certainly created a memory for us.
James & Terri
Update March 15, 2014: Javier Marin (THE sculptor) just picked up our post and published it on his Facebook page. Yay! Javier, we think you totally rock! Thanks for the link.