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 Jamex De La Torre  (1960 - )

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Lived/Active: California / Mexico      Known for: mixed-media sculpture-cultural symbols

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A Mexican-American sculptor who works with his brother, Einar de la Torre, Jamex De La Torre creates large-scale installations as well as smaller works out of blown glass, beads and other mixed-media items. Their work references many cultures including Mexican fok art, Conquistadores, Aztec religion, Catholicism and social commentary on contemporary American culture and sexual mores.

Their pieces are humorous, irreverant and cross time periods as well as cultures, which makes them difficult to describe and categorize. One of their pieces includes a map of Mexico created from blown glass intestines shapes; another is a wall of icons looking like gaping glass vulv; and another is titled "Aztec Rolex" and juxtaposes an ancient calendar with a modern-day timepiece.

Viewer responses range from laughter to indignation and shock, but a certainty is the the De La Torres never cease to surprise and reflect the bicultural backgrounds of their creators.

Einar and Jamex de la Torre studied glass blowing at California State University, Long Beach in the early 1980s, and in their sculpture they treat it as one of the many materials loaded with cultural baggage along with video screens, photographs, tools, toys, beer bottles, etc.

Jamex De La Torre was born in 1960 in Guadalajara, Mexico and with his brother moved to California in 1972. He had a scholarship to California State University and a scholarship to the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Sculpture by the De La Torres is in the Arizona State University Museum and the Kanazu Museum of Art in Kanazu, Japan.

Sources include:
"Southwest Art", May 2005, 'Artists to Watch'

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