• Medium

    Acrylic on Canvas

  • Dimensions

    • 50cm/19.6" X 40cm/15.7" X 1.5cm/06"
  • Status

    Finished ====> 580EUR


Duality is such an integral part of the human condition that sometimes it takes a while to realise that the two forces that play each in their own direction shape our reality and sometimes even create conditioning of entrapment. This visual portal/painting is all about duality as a condition in our minds and tables as a physical conditioning of our bodies. Both in this case are the product of social conditioning, as we work, eat, meet,…. it is always around tables. I wonder what is it that makes us so amazed with the horizontal shape the table has. Is the origin of it really a map, in the primordial times when humans were hunting and gathering, the most important innovative thinking would most probably be spatial planning/thinking/organising. That required the map, maybe even 3D maps as they would have used stones and tools as representational objects. This line of thinking later lead to scrolls/papers/books of 2D due to efficiency, which were being read or written at tables, and in later years it is computers, the latest extension of our brains, that we spend so much time with, sitting or standing, again in front of the table. We synthesise the world and processes around us in that space (be it computer/tablet/phone) in front of us, on a table and this helps us further our thoughts and create even more impact. Sometimes, however the balance between the need to express ourselves and conquer whatever it is we are focusing on, and the creative lightness of being get disturbed. That is why the shadow of a man to the right is bent over the table with frustrating anger of ambition radiating from his being. It is a sight of a powerful being crushed under the conventions of society, and consenting emotionally to the iron hand of social “normality” and thus pushing ahead, against all odds, going upstream and struggling. If only he would turn around and see that the table behind him is offering something completely different – a world of universal reflection, light, colours, aesthetics not for the sake of beauty but creation and usefulness. Beauty is fleeting and susceptible to trends; what we want integrate within us is the creativity.

Charlie: The source does not recognise the concepts of good and bad; those are the inventions/tools of evolving civilisations. Earling: But we have gone so far from the external fighting between Homo Sapiens and all other species of Homo Genus, we hardly kill each other nowadays. However, the fears and flight or fight mechanism has been transferred from survival to the economical triangles and exchange of goods.