Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Guerra de la Paz


Sealing the Deal, 2009 

Mannequin on stand, found garments and shoes, men’s neckties, wire

70 x 54 x 36 inches

Courtesy of the Artist and Julian Navarro Projects

A simple gesture with a powerful impact, the handshake ritualistically demonstrates that the hands hold no weapons while it conveys trust, balance and equality. In the business and political worlds, this simple greeting can also be viewed as a contractual bond - a compromise or negotiation - and symbolize the beginning of a pact or, in times when ethics are in question, a conspiracy.

The work, from the series, Power Ties, depicts two figures to identify with the affluent and authoritative image of success, sealing an agreement by shaking hands. Faceless entities like the powerful institutions they represent, their 

viperous neckties suggest the underhand dealings and deceptions which have led to unprecedented earnings while the financial markets poised for crash.