Yunizar’s new sculptures such as Dinosaur and Baby Monster build on his signature subjects of surreal, primordial creatures that provoke both fear and awe—blurring the line between the earthly and ethereal. Curator Clare Lilley best described this paradox in Yunizar’s oeuvre: “His work brings to mind images of childhood,” she says. “But with dark hints of mystery or estrangement.”
The paradox here lies in the title, Dinosaur or Monster, which feels at odds with these unthreatening creatures, depicted in the artist’s signature naïveté aesthetic. While being three dimensional, there’s an element of flatness in it. While provoking humor and absurdity, the face appears distressed, almost terrified, with its large, round eyes gazing into the distance with uncertainty. Like in his paintings, the subjects in Yunizar’s sculptures may at first appear outwardly innocent and ‘naive’, but upon closer inspection are filled with depth, complexity and sophistication.