- Ohio Goza y Mas
- 67 × 67 × 9 in. (170.2 × 170.2 × 22.9 cm)
- Credit Line
- Gift of Todd Wingate and Steven Cason, courtesy of the artists and Koplin Del Rio Gallery
- Mediums Description
- blown glass, resin castings, and mixed media
- Figure group
- Figure — fragment — hand
- Object Number
Einar and Jamex de la Torre are brothers and glass artists. They made this wall sculpture after an Aztec calendar, a visual dating system adapted by many ancient Mesoamerican nations. The Spanish title translates to “Ohio Enjoy and More,” and, when pronounced, sounds like “Good Morning” in Japanese. It represents their humor, where the piece was made (Ohio), and their multifaceted view of people and time.
The brothers gather countless motifs into a celebration of blended cultures: Kewpie dolls, with surprising objects in their bellies, invented in the early twentieth century by American Rose O’Neill and popularized in Japan; Mano poderosa (the all-powerful hand) from Mexican Catholic devotional imagery; sonrientes (grinning figures) from Mesoamerican ceramics; and golden tumis, ceremonial knives with semicircular blades, from the ancient Andean Moche culture. Casts of butterflies and insects symbolize transformation and migration.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022