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