A group exhibition featuring the works of Aldy Aguirre, Fran Alvarez, Mark Bardinas, Rolf Campos, Jobert Cruz, Yas Doctor, Jacob Lindo, and David Viray
Modes of interpretation
The influence of dualism in art is evident throughout history. Much of its origins can be attributed to persisting discourse in the fields of philosophy and religion, and the various attempts to explain and depict the oft-complex relationship between man and nature. Due to the tendency of historical art to portray symbolisms and metaphorical allegories as a means to expound on ideas that border the metaphysical, the principle of dualism has come to refer to many things – at times, two independent and indivisible concepts, at others the seamless synthesis of contrasting and largely opposing ideas.
“Double Feature” examines this phenomenon. Artists Aldy Aguirre, Fran Alvarez, Mark Bardinas, Rolf Campos, Jobert Cruz, Yas Doctor, Jacob Lindo, and David Viray present an engaging collection of works that seek to study how the concept of dualism manifests both internally and externally. Employing the use of diptychs to visually engage the audience, various subjects are placed side-by-side to highlight how they contrast and complement one another.
At its core, the exhibit provokes reflection. Often set against a monochromatic background, the subjects seem to be suspended in mid-air. They reach out to the viewer, drawing them into the depths of their rich texture and details, while still allowing space for personal interpretations and experiences to seep through. As such, the exhibit could be perceived as a process in constant motion, where concepts, thoughts, and ideas are flexible, and prone to multiple interpretations.
“Double Feature” urges us to perceive these interpretations as essential to understanding the world. By placing ourselves at the centre of this process, we become aware of how opposing and seemingly irreconcilable concepts overlap, and the ways in which they complement and reflect one another.
Words by Elle Lucena