By Arvee Gomez
Mirrors have become the mundane invention that has been interpreted and reinterpreted in the course of history. The myths have depicted the mirror in the form of a clear pool of water, the hubris of Narcissus. Interestingly, the meanings derived from this contraption are paradoxical, ranging from elusiveness and mystery, fiction to fact. Literature has illustrated mirrors as portals to another world, as the unblemished truth, and one cannot help but delve into its unchartered depths. Idioms pulled mirrors to their lexicon, poetically describing deception, the magician’s capriccio to as being smoked or fogged. Richard Tuason effectively gave rise to these thoughts in Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear.
In the point-of-view of the viewer, Portals is an inviting door to a plethora of possibilities, framing a stairs that is almost cyclical in its construction, with no definitive endpoint. It brings forth the notion of the Absurd, which draws unfairness and non-meaning to the world we live in, a continuous spiral of no exit.
Another marriage of metal and canvas, The Disillusionment of Space is formed the illusion of matter occupies space in a non-existent three-dimensional setup, a trompe-l'œil construct. This forced perspective questions the depth of the work, reflective of how one questions the things one thought, ought and naught knowing. “I know that I know nothing”, mentioned the Socrates according to the venerable Plato’s account, but no one can guarantee that it has indeed from the lips of the great Greek thinker.
The A Space in the Mirror series of mixed media miniatures that portrays the mirror framing angular, geometric figures in the space, a containment of its possible realization. We claim that we do not need any validation from others, but in our innermost places in the subconscious, it is merely a persuasion to believe otherwise. We desire affirmation and encouragement that eventually becomes the basis for our future decisions and aspirations.
Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear will run from April 29 – May 9, 2017 at Art Underground, located at 814 Balagtas St. cor. Shaw Boulevard, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. For further information and inquiries, you may contact +632 721 07451 and/or +63917 523 7463, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.