Solo Exhibition at
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery- Washington DC.


Dec. 2, 2022.

Sara Khambalia, the Gallery manager, wrote an introductory article in the inner page of the exhibition’s brochure:

Binary /ˈbīnərē,ˈbīˌnərē/ , noun, something such as a system or description that has two parts, in which everything is either one thing or the other.

To appreciate the wholeness of juxtaposing entities, one must understand the balance that such relationships are able to cultivate. The beauty of love v. hate, life v. death, war v. peace, for instance, is that these themes are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the presence of one is entirely dependent on the existence of the other.
On canvas, Al-Sindy consciously paints the duality of human experience to explore societal divisions apparent in the complex relationships between themes such as love and hate, war and peace, autonomy and dependence. Although seemingly polar motifs, one can not exist without its counterpart. From grayscale depictions of human form to vibrant displays of gestural brush stroke, Al-Sindy invites the viewer to contemplate the raw harmony found within the opposing nature of our world. The moral dimension concerning Al-Sindy’s aesthetics in Binaries can be regarded as a display of his humanitarian virtues.
Qais Al-Sindy was born in Baghdad in 1967. After completing his studies at Baghdad University College of Engineering, he obtained both his BA and MFA from Baghdad University’s Academy of Fine Art. Currently residing in California as a multi-cultural artist, Al-Sindy takes responsibility in the role of cultivating global harmony through his artwork. In the 2018 interview with VoyageLA he regards the role of art as “the most sophisticated weapon in this era, especially in a world desperate for the universal values of love and peace.”

Qais Al-Sindy, expressed his thoughts and conception about the show via the synopsis:

As humans, we possess a natural instinct to categorize and dichotomize the imaginable into disparate parts.
Life v. Death. Good v. Bad. Love v. Hate
These exemplary binaries evoke powerful and deep-rooted memories of how human civilization has divided worlds, societies, relationships, and even the inner self since the beginning of time. In my own life within my homeland of Iraq, I personally experienced and witnessed countless binaries in many aspects of Iraqi society from dogma to ideologies. Such binaries pitted against one another left the country in disarray amidst conflict and chaos.
Dividing the world into two distinct sides or parts seems quite simple and intuitive yet dangerous and destructive to its growth and well-being. However, I believe that binaries can be construed to create tolerance, unity and respect. A binary does not necessitate conflict within itself but can flourish in harmony. Indeed, it is essential that one part requires the existence of another.
Death requires life. Bad requires good. Hate requires love.
Wholly united. United whole.
Introducing Binaries.







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