Exhibitions: Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art

Jorge Pineda (b. Dominican Republic 1961). Mambrú, 2006. Nine figures; cedar wood, lead, fabric; each 60 x 4 x 8 in. (152.4 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Artist Statement

Childhood is the time when we start to build up our personality, and it is supposed to be the happiest time of our lives, but social violence makes it difficult to adjust. In order to be strong, children make masks where they can hide fear, so they can play with the negative idea they have of themselves. These masks shield the feelings reflected in society as I show in Mambrú, with its child soldiers who have been taken away and used as instruments of destruction.

 

53 Comments

I think the artist expression is to show fight for war never give up.
— Posted by Renald Dupuis
i like how it is made of metal
— Posted by lbst
i once read about child soldiers in class i thought it was very interesting.I also read that it took place in africa
— Posted by treysean simon
Im going to make sculptures like that some day
— Posted by JASON HACKNEY
I like the colors and the shape of the figures
— Posted by Saultan Corbin
i see how you express whats going on in your art but i say some times people weather you are children or not u can make a choice in your life i see that they made a choice to fight and become grown
— Posted by marco
it makes me want to lol
— Posted by person
This piece was so stimulating. It was visually interesting, slightly perverse, and when thought about in depth quite shocking.
— Posted by Surelys
this is SCARYYYY omg i was so scared!
— Posted by Valentine
Makes me Think that boys had to go to war at an young age because the guns and the masks, boys like whrestling and the masks had to do with that and it's sad,really sad......
— Posted by Pnyessa
This piece of art work reminded me of this cartoon that i used to watch called "mucha lucha" i kind of thought that the sculptures were really cool.
— Posted by Ngozi Williams
I love this. It is so funny. Joe is the coolest kid on the face of the earth!!!!! :)
— Posted by Joe Sindlinger!
love this pic and its use of imagery!
— Posted by me
pretty cool i must say
— Posted by jason freddman
they each are the age of 4 and have machine guns the size of a 7-year old child.
— Posted by Matias
this looks like my army back home...
— Posted by fred savage
awsome
— Posted by casper
there guns is more then half the size of there bodies
— Posted by casper
violence is now being represented through kids because of what they see going on around them
— Posted by shernette b.
I thought that the place got taken over by little people!That apparently LOVE Halloween.
— Posted by Jade.b age 9
I ENJOYED WALKING THROUGH THE SOCIAL SPACE OF THE CHILDREN. I RELATED TO THE VIOLENCE AS A NAVIGATION MEANS OF SOME BOYS' CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE, ALTHOUGH IF THE STATUES WERE CHILD SOLDIERS, THEY, OF COURSE, DID NOT PROGRESS TO THAT MODE OF NAVIGATION BY CHOICE. BOYS FIGHTIN' IS A SHAME BECOMES BOYS IN THE ACT OF KILLING, AND THE THOUGHT MAKES ME VERY SAD. LET US DO OUR BEST TO PREVENT THAT ALWAYS, AS WE CAN, IN THE FUTURE.
— Posted by ABRAHAM LI-SHEEN YOUNG
IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE WHO WILL FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY NO MATTER WHAT IT IS.
— Posted by YURI MONROE
esta fotografia me acuerda la canción que jugaba cuando niña, que decia mambrú se fue a la guerra, que dolor que dolor que pena, mambrú se fue a la guerra y no se cuando vendrá, que do re mi, que do re fa, no sé cuando vendrá.
— Posted by Felipa Gil
This artwork made me feel sympathetic about the lifestyle that children so young have to endure in order to survive. Having to subject themselves to the actions of an adult can be quite pressuring. It hurts to see children have arm themselves with guns bigger than they are, at such a young tender age.
— Posted by Debbie
step by step we fall apart we'll never win no matter what the wages are we're the toy soldiers
— Posted by
this is really original
— Posted by ahjaneh tillery
Steve,,,you are missing the point...this is no way to raise a child, that is hat the artist is trying to convey....it triggers anger, fear, and sadness...that is why it is brilliant....I don't think anyone is sayinf hurray,,,,put a gun in a child's hand and let's go to war...look deeper....
— Posted by sydney
AWSOME STATUES
— Posted by ALEXIA
This most mean that children have wars of thier own.
— Posted by Morriah Lisowski
This was a great piece of art. It shows how kids are raised now a days. The innocence is lost.
— Posted by Oscar
I think this piece of art is good in the idea it is trying to convey. Childhood innocence is increasingly difficult to maintain for long in children, especially in places where social violence is never lacking; and places like these create children who in turn must become as negative as their surroundings. After all its all linked to survival especially in times of violence.
— Posted by Kevin Richard
anyone who likes this piece must have issues...this is no way whatsoever to raise a child...life is short enough...and some want to cut it down more....terrible
— Posted by steve
creepyy
— Posted by tom
i think that this piece is very sad because you have kids with guns.....thats how the world today is getting to. violence is not the answer
— Posted by unknown
wow wow
— Posted by bobbu fooseball
I love these arts
— Posted by Jean Emmanuel Midy
IMPRESSIVE
— Posted by JOSE
Conmovedora y subversiva
— Posted by Alf
WOW VERY POWERFUL PIECE BUT ALSO CREEPY
— Posted by
THIS WAS A BAD THING
— Posted by ZAHRA
cool i like this
— Posted by dawayne
they are gangstas
— Posted by $BRICK$
this was very smart and artistic to show models of childrens past and feelings.
— Posted by
this is so cute i love it
— Posted by shanice brianna stewart
i like this art work because represents the childhood been a soldiers in amount of young age...which really impress me.
— Posted by Sandy Macareno
it was a very sad interesting artwork but I really like this work
— Posted by latoya ferebee
Phenomenal message in this exhibit.
— Posted by David
These little boy soldiers are heartbreaking, especially having just read several books by ex-child soldiers.. I like the way their flesh is totally masked, but nothing can make them look adult sized.
— Posted by dr. freud
This is one of our favorite pieces!! It must have taken a long time to make. the children look like they are really trapped inside
— Posted by Kari and Aud
This piece interests me more as a play on materiality than the intended meaning of the materials. The lead, as a familiar symbol of the artist, as a maleable substance made to appear hard. Like soldiers, even when they are meant to appear strong, they are still vulnerable.
— Posted by Shannon
Very sad but interesting piece.
— Posted by
very interesting piece
— Posted by
you guys look like boy soldiers.
— Posted by willik

Exhibition Highlights
Highlight Thumbnail: Tirzo Martha: Spirit of the Caribe Highlight Thumbnail: Polibio Diaz: Despues de la siesta Highlight Thumbnail: Raquel Paiewonsky: Levitando: A un solo pie Highlight Thumbnail: Jorge Pineda: Mambru Highlight Thumbnail: Colectivo Shampoo: D La Mona Plaza Highlight Thumbnail: Storm Saulter: Waterboot Highlight Thumbnail: Marcel Pinas: Kuku Highlight Thumbnail: Christopher Cozier: Tropical Night Highlight Thumbnail: Alexandre Arrechea: Elementos arquitectonicos Highlight Thumbnail: Jean-Ulrick Desert: The Burqa Project Highlight Thumbnail: Glenda Leon: Prolongacion del deseo Highlight Thumbnail: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla: Under Discussion Highlight Thumbnail: Alex Burke: The Spirit of Caribbean Highlight Thumbnail: Ewan Atkinson: You Will Have to Use Soap Highlight Thumbnail: Liset Castillo: Departure Point I Highlight Thumbnail: Satch Hoyt: Say It Loud! Highlight Thumbnail: Arthur Simms and Peter Orner: Globe: The Veld Highlight Thumbnail: Nicole Awai: Specimen from L.E. Highlight Thumbnail: Deborah Jack:T/here Highlight Thumbnail: Miguel Luciano: Platano Pride

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