Claire Oliver Gallery is proud to present Bernardi Roig's solo exhibition: THE MIRROR (exercises to be another), a series of new sculptures and charcoal drawings. Continuing the Artist's exploration of man's anxiety to belong, Roig unfolds for the viewer an unsettling experience with his obsessions. He confronts the actions we take based on outside pressures and influences, and those images in our heads which we are unable to explain to others through our known human faculties. The Artist's new works labor under a shadow of two key queries: how does one confront iconic imagery which is still relevant, and how is it possible in a world overflowing with images, to create a new and lasting image, an image that pushes us to the edge of what is possible. Deeply influenced by literature and film, Roig’s work has followed a path swayed by narrative and a theatrical concept of plastic space.
The narrative starting point of the exhibition is a sculpture consisting of two white figures facing one another, separated by a strong fluorescent light which is hanging from the ceiling. One is the distorted reflection of the other, like the image a mirror returns to us not of our true self but of a "likeness" which is a false construct. Roig calls into question our interpretation of a “portrait”. Neither a mirror nor cinema can capture what is reality; we see only an interpretation of that which is captured in the confines of that medium.