López and Bucher create a reality in which the imagined becomes accepted. The photograph Wormhole (2015) points to a resemblance between an ancient Egyptian tomb and a Norwegian seed bank, suggesting that their similarity is proof of the way the human psyche works. Other works, such as Le Temps qui Reste, The Time that Remains (2014), and He Who Hides the Hours (2015) are wryly designated as mystical relics. Yet it is the artists who imbue these objects with an aura of magical significance.
López and Bucher suggest that history becomes a creation of human intelligence and that the difference between myth and reality is inconsequential. However, just like their literary predecessors in the genre of magical realism, the artists use this framework not as a call not for cynicism but as a chance to enrich everyday experience.
“Wormhole” is on view at Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, Jan. 15–Feb. 21, 2015