Miami based artist Jose Mertz is an illustrator/street artist who focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations coming from ancient civilizations and their teachings, science fiction, Eastern philosophy, dreams, myth and the supernatural, expressing his vision about the human condition.
Mertz takes us to the deepest realms of the mind, reveals the complexity of human emotions, deconstructs and reconstructs his fluid characters and opens the door to new dimensions and endless possibilities of perceiving and interacting with our inner and surrounding reality.
Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven, the partners in crime aka SYNCHRODOGS, challenge us again in their new solo exhibition at Dallas Contemporary Museum of Art.
The unknown, the uneasy or the unexplored are some of the un-weapons used to inquire and to express the fine line between human essence and nature, between right and wrong. Through their quiet photographs there is no peace to be found, just endless questions about our own condition in the world and the role we choose to play.
“It surely is more about our own self-understanding and personal exploration in connection with the planet. It deals more with some things that are not explored precisely yet. First of all we rediscovered our own capacities and energy limits, the way a human can walk into darkness, go straight into unexplored, relying on intuition, go where subconscious leads, and feel safe in the World of the unknown.”
In Supernatural project they used their own constructed images as a vehicle for questioning the border between the evident and the elusive, between the right and the wrong, uncovering edges of our own subconscious, using intuition as a way of acquiring knowledge without the use of a reason.
“When human starts putting boundaries it is not free anymore, it is bound to some extent. Boundaries should exist in those areas connected with moral issues, ethical behavior, as all of us should understand what is right and what is wrong while living our lives, but art is some absolutely different sphere where things cannot be divided that firmly. Art is merely the only kind of activity where you can create your own reality and tell your own truth.”