The Thingly Thingness of Things and more art by Enrique Chagoya

The Thingly Thingness of Things, 2013
22.3 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Thingly Thingness of Things, is about the unpredictable nature of life using some philosophical opposites. Goethe’s Faust said the tree of theory is grey while the tree of life is green. The title is based on a quote from Heidegger, a philosopher who overly theorized and kept himself detached from life and presents a view opposite to Goethe’s.

The cluster of heads on the water is made up of people blocking each other’s view of The Tree of Life while they get deeper in the waters. The Tree of Life is generous and keeps dropping its fruit on the unaware heads.

Chagoya played with the idea that viewers have to imagine the eyes of each subject hiding behind one another. The heads represent different cultures merging in one space but without much of a connection and without seeing each other. The little ballerina on the top of the knife is transforming a threatening weapon into a harmless stage for a dance.

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other works by Enrique Chagoya

Detention at the Border of lan..., 2019
22 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Pastoral or Arcadian State..., 2006
23.8 x 39 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

La Portentosa Vida de la Muert..., 2003
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph with Chine Colle

La Portentosa de la Muerte II, 2008
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Ghosts of Borderlandia, 2017
15 x 80 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph with Chine Colle


more from The McIninch Art Gallery

Upper West Side , 2012
24 x 36 inch (h x w)
Acrylic on canvas

War Sketches, La Tretoire on t..., 1914
18 x 24 inch (h x w)

Untitled Landscape, 1977
18.5 x 25.5 inch (h x w)

Stormy Old Man, White Mountain..., 2000
10 x 8 inch (h x w)
Epson Digital Print

Summerscapes, N.d.
14 x 21 inch (h x w)
Oil on canvas


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