José BediaVenado guerrero, 2010
Bronze sculpture, 127 x 63.5 x 66 cm.
A sculpture in bronze like Venado guerrero (Warring deer), results impressive, majestic. It is a human figure with zoomorphic features or an animal resembling a man. The deer is a beautiful, potent, fast, astute, stealthy, and those are vital qualities for any hunter or predator. However, the deer is not a predator; on the contrary, it is a delicious delicacy, both for fierce animals and men. But this singular deer has taken a rifle and has assumed a defying pose of a warrior. In this sense, Bedia seems to refer to a possible chance to get even with the animal, which takes the attributes of men and defies them.
At the same time, the sculpture, in its formal ambivalence, allows the audience to appreciate it as a real man who covers or disguises his body with the skin and head of a deer. The skin and backbones belong to an animal. The hands, the posture, and the hidden face belong to a man. This hybrid appearance generates the vision of a very singular beast, while this effect that lacks definition is the one the artist seems to want to induce. It is about a fusion of the limits between the animal and the human. If today’s man continues to portray himself as a violent being, able to kill and subject his equals, then he is not much different, in essence, from his ancestors.
This is a piece that causes a great visual suggestion. Well located in the space and with a focal light, it resembles a presence that is alive, shining, intimidating. It attracts all the attention to itself; it allows the audience to enjoy it as good art does, imposing its emphatic and unique presence, creating excitement of senses and thought.