• LOG-BOOK (figure and waterfall), 2002, Oil, tar and feathers on canvas, 48 x 46.25 inches

  • December 2003, 2004, Oil and emulsified tar on canvas, 100 x78 inches, Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

  • The Boy Raising His Arm, 2007, Edition of 5, Bronze and muslin, 63 x 32 x 9 inches

  • The Ray Of Light, 2008, Oil and wax on canvas, 92 x 118 inches

  • The Fort, 2007, Oil and wax on canvas, 72 x 66 inches

The Wanderer

Foreign Landscapes of Enrique Martínez Celaya

September 30, 2010–January 16, 2011

The exhibition explores Martínez Celaya’s immersion in a Western literary tradition rich in themes and imagery that project a deeply private existential odyssey. The Wanderer presents a series of desolate landscapes in which God may or may not have abandoned mankind. Solitary figures, usually partly nude and always adolescent, are set against a harsh terrain. Martínez Celaya employs autobiography, allusions and references to authors who have been influenced by the Bible–including Tolstoy, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard–to construct a complex personal aesthetic steeped in literature and philosophy. Echoes of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Paradise, Cain’s exile, and Abraham’s journey in search of a new homeland reverberate throughout Martínez Celaya’s visual lexicon.

Watch Dr. Ena Heller discuss The Wanderer exhibition on New York NonStop:

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

Major support for MOBIA’s exhibitions and programs has been provided by the American Bible Society and by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson. The Wanderer is supported in part by The Bonnie Cashin Fund at The New York Community Trust. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York’s 62 counties.