Interface Gallery is pleased to announce Portentology, Nando Alvarez-Perez’s first solo show with the gallery. For this exhibition, Alvarez-Perez imagines the gallery as a kind of divination room, presenting a series of new photographs along with related objects –science fiction books, religious iconography, drug paraphernalia, and divination tools—that allude to the many ways we try to make meaning of the world and predict what’s to come.
Among the objects are works made by artists Alvarez-Perez invited to contribute; John Zappas (wooden ash trays), Sarah Cathers (pendulum dousers), and Anna Nearburg (stone and metal book ends). The objects are presented on shelves and on a table in the center of the gallery, where three coins and a copy of the I Ching invite visitors to cast and read their own hexagrams. Two Eames chairs are also provided for visitors to sit and read the books presented. As the artist notes, Eames’ son called it the “chair of tomorrow.”
Attempting to divine the future is a universal endeavor with ancient roots that feels particularly compelling given the political uncertainty of our times. Alvarez-Perez invites viewers to consider the various approaches he presents—from chance methods and altered states to the reading of novels and visual art—as valid forms of meaning-making that, while elusive, can be deeply nourishing and informative.