Deer taxidermy
Deer taxidermy
Inspired by Tony Smith's sculpture,
Inspired by Tony Smith’s sculpture, “Die”.

Juan Martin created his piece that focused on presence. He took objects that are made to be hollow, or created to be a frame, and made them solid. He took a mannequin, taxidermy, a cube, and filled the inside of the hollow frames. Mannequin’s are used to act a a person, or rather, a person’s body. A mannequin is dressed up and positioned in a way that would try to mirror what the consumer may look like if he or she were to buy the clothes and accessories. The taxidermy deer is created to hold fur that hunters have hunted. And the Cube, inspired by Tony Smith’s sculpture, Die From 1962, was created to have a “direct relationship to the height of the human body”. Together, all of these three objects were created to represent a space that is living and noticeable. It is like taking a still picture of the living presence, and holding it as a mold to add on endless things. I liked what Juan did with his work. It was like he was trying to take something that is seen as empty or lifeless, and recreated it to become whole. To see more art created by Juan Martin, click on this link Juan Martin’s website.

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