The art object

From the Tao Te Ching:

We join spokes together in a wheel,

but it is the center hole

that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,

but it is the emptiness inside

that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,

but it is the inner space

that makes it livable.

We work with being,

but non-being is what we use. 

 

Recurring throughout many cultures and eras, the cave is an enclosure for intimate thought.  Specula contains traces of moments in the history of human representation when we have appealed to philosophy and art in order to deal with the reality of our temporality.  From sources as diverse as the cave paintings of Altamira, Plato’s allegory of the cave, the Scrovegni Chapel, Buddhist temples, patterns of mathematical tesselations such as the Penrose tiling or sophisticated Islamic geometric systems, these pluri-cultural and spacial references create a complex syncretic system of signs to extend the possibility of this poetic reverberation regardless of the cultural background of each viewer.  Specula is the space, instrument, and mirror that emphasizes art as a shared, empirical, corporeal and experiential philosophy that tries to incite a leap beyond the domestic and everyday.