Collidoscope: de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective
Feb 07, 2024 - Apr 28, 2024
February 1 Ambassador Circle Member Opening
February 2 Member Opening
February 3-4 Member Weekend
Collidoscope: de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective—a title that plays with the words “kaleidoscope” and “retrospective”—features dozens of colorful multi-media blown-glass objects and elaborately framed lenticular prints that span the spectacular, genre-defying careers of artists and brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico (1963 and 1960, respectively), Einar and Jamex de la Torre have for decades lived, worked, and collaborated on both sides of the San Diego/Tijuana border. The results of this sibling partnership are multi-dimensional and multi-sensory small and large-scale works that draw upon American, Indigenous, and Mexican traditions. This exhibition features twenty-nine blown-glass objects involving found objects encased in resin presented alongside eleven lenticular prints, all of which are layered with everything from pre-conquest Mesoamerican imagery to contemporary Pop spectacle, from religious iconography from consumer culture, from histories of craft and folk art to the future of technology.
Organized by The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of Riverside Art Museum (The Cheech) and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino, Collidoscope: de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective is reverent and playful toward Latinx and American experiences. With this exhibition, Einar and Jamex de la Torre offer a window into the rich creative world that exists when perspectives and traditions collide.
Einar de la Torre (Mexican, b. 1963) and Jamex de la Torre (Mexican, b. 1960). Oxymodern (Aztec Calendar), 2020. Blown-glass and mixed-media, 120 x 120 x 12”. Courtesy of the Cheech Marin Collection and Riverside Art Museum. ©De La Torre Brothers
Einar de la Torre (Mexican, b. 1963) and Jamex de la Torre (Mexican, b. 1960). ¡2020!, 2020. Mixed-media and blown-glass sculpture with resin casting, 33 x 22 x 14”. Courtesy of the Koplin Del Rio Gallery. ©De La Torre Brothers
Einar de la Torre (Mexican, b. 1963) and Jamex de la Torre (Mexican, b. 1960). Feminencia, 2020. Archival lenticular print, resin, and waterjet-cut aluminum, 89 x 65 x 4”. Courtesy of the Koplin Del Rio Gallery. ©De La Torre Brothers