Chance and Necessity

Self portrait as a Hunter( after Velasquez), epoxy resin, mixed media on wood, 44 x 36, 2011Who are we? And where do we come from? Eric Finzi examines questions of our identity through the viscous lense of epoxy resin, whose intrinsic fluidity and chaos add to the turbulence of his vision. Casting himself as a 15th century Venetian bonobo gentleman, or as a bonobo patrician hunter who has just fired his gun, he upends our cozy and secure placement in society. When one of Western civilizations’ greatest thinkers, Aristotle, reveals that he too is a bonobo in both physique and spirit, we are forced to remove humans from the lofty perches they so readily occupy.