DAVID MOLLERING zooms into the world of Lucha Libre (Mexican professional wrestling) to produce a collection of macabre superheroes from found figurines representing the sport.
Horror is the removal of masks.
ROBERT ALFRED BLOCK
Author of Psycho
DURING OUR COVID CONFINEMENT I became obsessed with macro photography. My focus became 4-inch plastic replicas of Mexican Lucha Libre wrestlers that were sold at the matches. Under a macro lens, I discovered a world altered by children’s play. The toys looked beat-up, bruised, and scarred with cuts and abrasions. Some appeared to have been dragged along the pavement. Some altered with paint. The toys seemed to reflect the scars and injuries sustained by the real-life wrestler they represented.
DAVID MOLLERING navigates the raw undercurrent of America’s finest city, a moniker that begs more questions than the photography answers.
I was right then, I’m right now. I think time has proven me right.
Former Mayor, San Diego
IN 1972 then San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson came up with a slogan: “America’s finest city.” Most of the time San Diego lives up to that motto, or at least makes an attempt. Unfortunately, like all of California’s large cities, San Diego has a homeless issue – or an unhoused problem. Whichever term one prefers, people living on the streets is an ever-growing humanitarian mess, and nobody seems capable or willing to solve it.
DAVID MOLLERING wanders through life aimfully, bringing deeper truths into relief through his acute observations.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
Pulitzer Prize Novelist
DAVID MOLLERING has been a visual artist for more than 35 years. After attending The Art Center College of Design, he spent the next 25 years as an illustrator. In 2005, he began producing and filming documentaries, including the feature-length documentary, The Fatman Walking.
David currently resides in the urban environs of downtown San Diego. The change of pace from a previously quiet beachside community has sparked a new creative direction. He now expresses himself primarily through photography, focusing on political and social issues that reflect Southern California‘s diverse population.