KLAUS ENRIQUE’S ”THE REAPING”
Oct 16 – Nov 6, 2013
Klaus Enrique courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery
Opening reception Oct 16, 2013 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM
The Rebecca Hossack Gallery
262 Mott Street
New York, NY 10012
T – 212-926-3500
At first glance of Klaus Enrique’s “The Reaping” one gets an immediate sense of the sumptuous. The works depict a rich bounty of flowers, fruit, vegetables, roots, and animal remains that are artfully arranged to create glorious portraits of the human and beyond human form. One almost feels transported to the Renaissance as Mr. Enrique uses the paintings of the 16th Century artist Giuseppe Archimboido as a springboard on which to create a totally new experience exploring the ephemeral. In this case life literally exists on the edge.
Giuseppe Archimbroido’s paintings depicted compositions of life using the forms of flowers, fruits, vegetables and roots that were arranged to mimic living beings. Mr. Enrique’s photography actually captures life in real time at the very peak of ripeness or optimum bloom depicting it in a celebratory way as the materials are in the process of transition. Because of this it is also a photographic essay depicting the process of life, preserving it at the point of perfection as it moves onto the point of decay.
The surrealistic quality of Mr. Archembroido’s work appeared through his use of ordinary objects arranged to form something extraordinary and unexpected for his time. They were carefully constructed by his imagination as each object overlapped or was related by characterization. His medium allowed the luxury to paint what existed but also add and arrange what did not. Mr. Enrique is able to explore something much deeper and more complex with added difficulty as his work captures his subjects as they are in real time before they cease to exist as well as taking advantage of their beauty at the optimum moment.
“Painting has the inalienable ability to capture a fantasy completely removed from the reality,” said Enrique. “Photography arguably lacks that trait, but in return it provides a picture of reality that the most consummate photorealist can hardly match. This brings a fantasy back to life.”
To add further dimension and a modern irony the photographs take the form of figures of contemporary culture such as Princess Diana, Darth Vader and Gandhi (my personal favorite). He also pays homage to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Archembroido’s Ventumnus. This propels his work into the ultimate juxtaposition of beauty and decay, darkness and nostalgia, and history and modernity. It is a ripe and heady experience.
Mr. Enrique was born in 1975 and grew up in Mexico City. He studied genetics at the University at Nottingham, England, and received his MBA from Columbia School of Business in New York. Mr. Enrique turned to photography while a student at Parsons School of Design and the School for Visual Arts, and began to receive worldwide attention in 2007 for his portrait, Mother and Daughter, and was short listed for the Photographic Portrait Prize at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Enrique had his first solo portrait exhibition in 2008 and currently lives in New York City.