The Unsettling Duality of the Apparent


Inti Hernadez, Cuba. exposition Galeria Villa Manuela, Havana, Cuba. march 2013. Production: Artventures.

… There are many ways to interpret the apparent. Plato revealed a system of archetypes that lead us to believe what we see on earth is merely a facade. This original, or Platonic prototype, exists somewhere in the universe, yet no one is certain where it is, or how it looks. In an effort to repress this existential anguish, we conjure up an image. Yet somehow this image is too suspicious … bearing a too strong resemblance to ourselves. Quantum physics has gone a step further trying to provide material evidence for this double absence. And so today we continue to drift, still concerned with the “hypo-of-the-thesis.” Neither the Quantum theory, nor the Platonic vision prevails and the mystery remains unresolved.

flower-gardner's scissors

For as much as we desire to hang on to the nostalgia of indivisible units or monads, we remain heir to duality. This obstinacy brings a great deal of confusion, even psychological weathering. Much in the same way, Inti Hernández ’s Apparent goes beyond the idea of an optical illusion to propose an alternative way of perception; a carefully considered flexibility training could be the first step. His works propose an alternative approach for the viewer, paving the way towards a deeper understanding of the concept of appearance. Hernández’s work transforms the ontologically abstract weight of the statement “everything is not quite as it seems” into “seeing things as they actually are” : as unbearably relative and seemingly

contradictory as a flower and a gardener’s scissors, a baby toy and a pair police handcuffs or even a feather and a revolver.

baby toy-handcuffs

These three bodies of works, Reality Dissected, the sculpture series Apparent and the triptych Bridging Reality, constitute and define the visual framework of an encounter that lightens the heavy and unveils the abstract. They embody endless possibilities of impossible encounters. From this moment on, opposites are also complementary. Are we able to embrace what we deserve? And, to deserve what is there to be given? This notion is not new; but refers to a future state yet to manifest, one that is essential, almost mandatory, necessary.

Juan Carlos Betancourt, Berlin 14 January 2013.


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