“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”
Rene Magritte, 1965.
In our June exhibition, we explore the seemingly antagonistic works of Fernando Adam and Paco Ferrando in Sur/Real. The exhibition explores the pursuit of the viewer to explore what is hidden: this idea was famously conceived by Rene Magritte’s interview with Jean Neyens in 1965 in reference to Magritte’s most celebrated work, The Son of Man.
On many levels, the idea emerges through the surrealist works of Fernando Adam and hyper-realist works of Paco Ferrando. This exhibition challenges the viewer to see beyond the painted canvas so that the viewer creates a world that stretches beyond what is painted.
Fernando Adam’s world is an unforgiving one. Underneath the paint, Adam places layers of newspaper to serve as a reminder of a world fascinated by gossip and rumour. However, a certain innocence permeates his works in this exhibition. In “Lucy Thinks It’s Going to Rain”, Lucy holds an umbrella and travels into a never-ending sea of clouds. In this series, Adam questions society’s interest in modern civilisation and its influence on women and children.
Paco Ferrando’s world is a restless one. Having spent most of his 40-year career depicting the sea, Paco’s sea waves are gravitating and magnetic. The unfurling of waves close to the shore contains a duality: the peaceful and the violent. The dual nature of these waves is clearly depicted in Ferrando's diptyches in this exhibition. With the longest spanning some 2.5 metres, these waves act as mirrors to human nature, reflecting and recreating the turbulent and placidity in every individual.
Sur/Real will commence on 30 June 2015 at Barnadas Huang on 61 Duxton Road. The exhibition will run till 15 August 2015. On selected weekends, the gallery will host short talks on selected works, as we explore the themes in this exhibition in greater depth.