Solo Exhibition at
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery- Washington DC.
Dec. 2, 2022.
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
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
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.