The newest member of the Murals of La Jolla family has arrived at 7744 Fay Avenue! Marcos Ramirez ERRE’s Is All That It Proves has replaced Richard Allen Morris’ mural and offers a unique new perspective on a quote by a famous political theorist.
ERRE’s artwork is a strongly stated, critical stance on what we perceive as the truth. He employs Thomas Paine’s famous quote, “if I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves” as both a linguistic and visual exploration of the human condition. The piece deviates from its most obvious reference towards eyesight and becomes about another kind of vision, the kind one perceives through common sense. True to his form as humanitarian artist, Is All That It Proves exemplifies the notion that now, more than ever, we need to embrace tolerance and learn to respect individuals who think differently than we do.
Marcos Ramirez ERRE first became prominent in the 90s with large public installations like the now iconic “Toy An Horse,” a Trojan Horse-inspired sculpture inhabiting two nations simultaneously. The international boundary line between the United States and Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry bisected the monumental, two-headed, wooden horse that literally – and conceptually – straddled the border.
ERRE began his career as an artist in 1989 after first receiving a law degree and working for nearly two decades as a construction worker in the U.S. His multi-disciplinary background shaped his practice, which has come to be defined by clever visual arguments and masterfully crafted work that maintains a poetic sensibility, even when leveling biting political commentary. In 2007, he received a USA artist fellowship and became a fellow of Mexico’s National System of Art Creators in early 2009.
Murals of La Jolla holds tours on the last Wednesday of every month; they begin at 5:30pm and leave from the Athenaeum.
[last image courtesy of marcosramirezerre.com]
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