HO­RA­CIO QUIROZ

Po­lar­i­ties

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Ho­ra­cio Quiroz’s new show at Booth Gallery in Man­hat­tan, ti­tled Po­lar­i­ties, draws from the philo­soph­i­cal teach­ings of the Ky­balion, Carl Jung and the Tao. The works touch on the du­al­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with gen­der, sex­u­al­ity, fem­i­nism and emo­tions. Gallery di­rec­tor Michael J. Ru­ple notes, “I find Ho­ra­cio’s work re­ally in­spir­ing in a genre so of­ten steeped in tra­di­tional aes­thet­ics and ideals.”

In the ex­hi­bi­tion, which show­cases oil paint­ings, draw­ings and tex­tiles, the hu­man body is de­picted in im­pos­si­ble mu­ta­tions. “It is through our phys­i­cal be­ing and its in­ter­ac­tion with the so­cial body that hu­man­ity ex­pe­ri­ences it­self,” Quiroz says. “Through the body we learn to ‘be hu­man’ since we are con­sti­tuted as be­ings by our

po­lar­ity; the flesh, the vis­i­ble and the tan­gi­ble in op­po­si­tion to the spirit, the in­vis­i­ble and the in­tan­gi­ble.”

An­ima An­i­mus de­picts Jung’s the­ory of the col­lec­tive un­con­scious—an­i­mus be­ing the un­con­scious mas­cu­line side of a woman, and an­ima be­ing the un­con­scious fem­i­nine side of a man. In the im­age, two an­drog­y­nous fig­ures twist to­gether, and Quiroz ex­plains, “Jung’s the­ory states that the an­ima and an­i­mus are the two pri­mary an­thro­po­mor­phic archetypes of the un­con­scious mind, as op­posed to both the the­ri­omor­phic and in­fe­rior func­tion of the shadow archetypes. He be­lieved they are the ab­stract sym­bol sets that for­mu­late the archetype of the Self.” An­other paint­ing that plays with the no­tion of gen­der is The Al­pha Fe­male Giv­ing Birth Him­self, which bor­rows from Ro­man mythol­ogy. Venus was cre­ated of sea foam, af­ter Saturn sliced off Uranus’ gen­i­tals and cast them into the sea. “This paint­ing is a birth rep­re­sen­ta­tion of The Al­pha Fe­male, which comes into life by her own strength and its strug­gling against the old con­cept of fem­i­nin­ity,” Quiroz says.

Po­lar­i­ties re­mains on view at Booth Gallery through Oc­to­ber 20.

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4The Al­pha Fe­male Giv­ing Birth Him­self, oil on can­vas, 47¼" di­am­e­ter4

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