The video from which her exhibit takes its title, Helium Hum, perfumes
the gallery air with a syrupy melody from Cinderella, the animated 1950
As the lyrics "My heart has wings and I can fly/I'll touch every star in
the sky/So this is the miracle I've been dreaming of/So this is love,"
resonates across the space in a sticky sweet aural assault, a girl is
seen on the screen holding a heart-shaped balloon she releases into the
sky. It's the type of work that many spectators might dismiss for a
fizzy simplicity on the artist's part.
That's part of Molina's charm. Her works convey a notion of equal
measures of youthful longing and hedonism. But they also exude an erotic
undertow, and this work's allure is Molina's unspoken journey into an
orifice through which we all communicate our dreams, passions, fears,
and innermost secrets. What comes across loudly in her exhibit is that
Molina is a young talent worth watching whose work isn't only lovely to
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See Helium Hum at Nina Torres (2033 NW First Pl., Miami) until January 29. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Visit ninatorresfineart.com.