Appearances have always been unfairly a relevant factor when it comes to judge people. The appearance is a facade, the outwardly shown side, the pretty face, but it doesn’t usually correspond to the truth of the subject, at least in full. To adapt to certain social conventions or take advantage of their own interests, individuals disguise or hide their true selves through masks. Similarly, the environment generated around -housing, clothing, hobbies, belongings– is also built based on the image the world wants to outsource. Here’s how some irregularities between reality and fiction, between what things really are and what they represent are created.

In order to reflect on these jumps and inconsistencies, Miguel Soler-Roig in his series Logical Ambiguities checks out some stately residences in Europe and America and delves into the private rooms that are not usually visited by guests. As a result of his investigation the artist finds important differences between the spaces that are disclosed and those that remain hidden; material reality that serves to establish a subtle conceptual parallelism with the duplicity of the individual.

The way to realize this idea doesn’t consist in showing the duality that he has witnessed, as one might suppose, but rather mask it to question the absurdity of superficial judgments and produce more confusion to the viewer. Soler-Roig using a blurring technique puts them on the same level in order to sow doubt in the observer.

They are photographs of equally ostentatious and neglected places, however, due to the homogenizing treatment they have been subjected, have become equals in the eyes of the public. On the other hand, this blurry action is the unclear reference of the internationally turbulent times we are now living: nationalisms, territorial struggles, wars caused by religious extremism,economic crisis… The world disorder preceded by concrete riots has reached a critical state: an absolute chaos that unleashes a muddled understanding of the facts. We fail to see what is really happening, our senses and reasoning ability are blinded by feelings like fear, hope or despair.

Here, his photographic language blurs forms, leaving only boundaries accentuated by flashing lights which provide to the images a glowing widespread appearance, similar to that caused by cataracts, where images appear fuzzy blur by the retina. Flashes of light flood the environments like stars illuminating a boundless sky.

The bright spots give us glimpses of the room’s spatiality without defining it at all. This hazy and cloudy appearance caused by a full bokeh, reflected in the architecture, refers to the ideological distortion of social reality: is not gold all that glitters, nor the whole truth visible. The blur in the pictures exceeds the whole area of the called “circle of confusion”, creating a pictorial effect. It resembles an abstract painting; more than a reference it becomes a suggestion, an inspiration or insinuation.

Nerea Ubieto