Allegory of the Prisoner's Dilemma, 2012. Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth. Jacquard tapestry. 106 x 76 in. Photo courtesy of the artists
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Roth and Hope present an exhibition of their newest work, featuring a triptych of tapestries.
From the artists:
Our collaborations provide an important third entity to our individual practices. Diaz Hope’s work focuses primarily on humanity’s impact on its own internal landscape, while Roth’s focuses on humanity’s impact on the external world. Our collaborations allow us to meld these two foci to explore topics from mulitple points of view. We began collaborating in 2004. Since then we collaborate regularly and often include joint work in our individual exhibitions as well as creating entirely collaborative exhibitions such as our Future Darwinist show in 2008 and the 2011 show in 2011 at Schroeder Romero Gallery; and the Pharmacopeia installations at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Gescheidle Gallery in Chicago, and Mixed Greens gallery in New York City.
Our most recent work together is a triptych of tapestries inspired by the Unicorn Tapestries and structured on the three fundamental conflicts in literature. The first, Allegory of the Monoceros, illustrates the end of Darwinian natural selection and the growth of human-centric evolution. The second, Allegory of the Infinite Mortal, portrays a garden for contemplation of the scientific and philosophical structures humans have used throughout history to explore the concepts of infinity and immortality and our place therein.The third tapestry was created during our fellowship at the de Young.